I’m starting to make a lace shawl (Soli Deo Gloria Beaded Lace Shawl, by ‘By the Lily Pond’, on Ravelry).
I’ve made a swatch using the pattern given and blocked it overnight. The gauge specified is “18 st x 20 rows in 10 cm x 10 cm (4 by 4 inch) square after blocking”. My swatch is 4 inches wide by only 3 inches long. Should I be stretching it more into the right dimensions when blocking it? (I’ve never tried blocking before). How should I handle it when my gauge is right in one direction, but not the other?
I’m not overly concerned about the gauge on this particular item, because I’m not worried about the overall size, but I want to learn for other projects.