How do we measure gauge?

Hi xD

I’ve experimented with many things that do not need to consider gauge and designed my own things and it works out. But now I am following a pattern that needs gauge. When I measure gauge, do I stretch the piece, leave it relaxed, etc? Thanks =)

Sometimes a pattern will say to measure gauge slightly stretched - this is usually the case with a ribbed pattern - but for the most part you should leave your swatch laying flat and relaxed to measure. Also, sometimes patterns will suggest measuring your swatch after blocking which makes a big difference with some yarns.