Okay, I’m planning on knitting a hat/beanie for my mum (she wears it to bed). Doing such thing, I’ll need to make a gauge measurement. I’m planning to make the hat in Fisherman’s Rib.
How do I go about measuring the gauge? I’ve read somewhere that I should just start knitting the row, break (cut) the yarn, slip it over and keep knitting the next row on the right side and so on.
Or should I just start knitting in the round and bind off when I got some length to measure the gauge?
Also, I’ve also read that before I can measure the gauge, I need to wash and block the thing first. Is this absolutely necessary?
Thank you for the help in advance!