We all know getting gauge is a pain. Swatching takes up precious time before we can dive into our projects, and sometimes we have to swatch over and over again, delaying exciting new WIPs (works in progress, for you new knitters). What if I told you there are some knitting patterns out there where gauge doesn’t matter? Cue the confetti!
Yes, yes, swatching and measuring gauge are necessary in knitting, especially when you’re making a garment. But sometimes gauge is no big deal. When browsing Craftsy’s knitting patterns, you may have noticed that some of them note that gauge is not critical to a project. What a relief!
Sit back, relax, and prepare to jump right into these projects immediately — no obsessing over gauge required!
Photo via Craftsy member Heidi Hennessy
When you don’t feel like getting specific with gauge, knitted botanics are a great choice for a knitting project. Worsted-weight yarn will knit up a small rose, while chunky yarn will knit up a larger rose.
If you want to see even more knitted flowers, be sure to check out our monthly flower series right here on the blog. We shared carnation knitting patterns in January, and you can also see out morning glory, marigold and chrysanthemum patterns for even more flower power.
Photo via Craftsy member tincanknits
I love blanket patterns that are constructed using squares because you can make the blanket as small or large as you want and even add on to it later. The squares also make great portable projects for car rides and public transportation. Make sure that you’re knitting each square in a consistent gauge — even if it doesn’t match the exact gauge of the pattern — otherwise your squares won’t be even when you go back to seam them together.
Photo via Craftsy member Lynne Rowe
These knitted donuts are great toys — or just a way to trick friends into thinking you’re offering them donuts. Embellish your donuts with tiny beads. The only gauge rule here is to make sure your stitches are tight enough that the stuffing doesn’t pop out!
Photo via Craftsy member SK Gryske
Loose, open stitches are A-okay in this market bag pattern. The bag is designed to hang on your shoulder or across your body so that you have both hands free to pick out the perfect tomatoes at the farmer’s market. Want a bigger bag? Just adjust the yarn weight and needle sizes.
Photo via Craftsy member Yarnigans
Mario the hedgehog
I know hedgehogs aren’t supposed to be cuddly, but why do I have the urge to snuggle with Mario here? Mario’s quills are knitted using an easy loop stitch. Like any other amigurumi, the gauge doesn’t matter as long as you don’t have stuffing poking out of Mario’s body.