All pattern instructions including those projects you design begin with the gauge, calculated from the test swatch. The gauge determines the size or finished measurements of any project. If you avoid test swatching, and hope that your project turns out, I want you to stop and read this short e-book. See how easy it is to calculate gauge from the test swatch. By taking the time to knit a small sample swatch, your gauge will match the one in the pattern instructions, and yes the garment will fit you. Download The Why & How of Test Swatching, and avoid those disappointments after many hours of knitting.