This is the first time I’ve done a gauge swatch and I only cast on 32 stitches. The gauge is supposed to be 24 sts and 32 rounds in 4 inches. Now that it’s finished I’m finding the 4 inches I’m supposed to measure is not all “good knitting”, it’s too close the the edges where things are loose. Can I get away with halving the gauge and only measuring the stitches in 2 inches or will that be very inaccurate?
Also, how perfect does your gauge have to be? I’m measuring 13 sts in 2 inches when it should be 12. So should I swatch again with a bigger needle or is it close enough?
I should add that I have not washed the swatch yet because I wasn’t sure if I had to redo it because of the sizing issue.