Been searching, reading, watching videos trying desperately to find the answer to this question. And feeling I must be really dense if no one ever includes this piece of info as it implies there’s something really obvious I’m missing here. (And since I just started knitting this year, that’s seriously possible.)
I see reference to wash and block your gauge swatch as you would your sweater. But … I block my sweater to the finished measurements for my size. So just what measurements am I using to block the swatch?
I ask because I’m about to start a sweater and if I just measure the swatch flat, I get smaller than stated gauge and I should go up a needle size (which I typically do). If I stretch it just the tiniest bit and pin it down as I might if I were blocking, I get the stated gauge. Potential for a huge difference here obviously.
I can see (especially in the video on this site) where if you’re doing a swatch with ribs or cables where it might be easy to sort of figure out what the finished pattern should look like blocked but when it’s just stockinette?
Please put me out of my misery!