KNIT IT - HOOK IT - CRAFT IT
Small Tension Square Checker - for knitters and crocheters
This item is currently out of stock whilst I await my very own laser cutter (meep!). Rather than place an order with my existing supplier, I would rather wait until my own machine arrives so that I can control the provenance of the wood used and the final design aspects.
The machine is due in June 2018 and these are one of the first items that will be made with my new machine. It's all very exciting, so do please keep on checking back in.
This fantastic checker makes tension checking very easy, so long as you have knitted or crocheted a swatch...
Yarn ball bands often give tension guidelines. Some give them in inches and some in centimeters. In some cases they state that 10cm is the same as 4 inches - it isn't and depending on the yarn weight you are using, this could have an effect on your final tension.
These tension square checkers have centimetres on one side and inches on the other, so no matter whether you are metric or imperial, you can use this handy addition to your craft kit.
Two versions are available, one for crocheters and one for knitters. There is no difference to the product other than the title (HOOK IT or KNIT IT). I am forever coming across frustrated crocheters who feel that the market is very much aimed at knitters - well not at KNIT IT - HOOK IT - CRAFT IT!
In the photos you can see how they are made. To ensure that there is as little wastage as possible the cut out from the large tension square checker makes the small tension square checker and the cut out from that is used to make the needle/hook gauge.
This means that the only wastage from the initial sheet of wood is about a 1.5mm border around the sheet and the holes from the needle/hook guage. Better for the environment and your pocket because as the customer you are only paying for the product, not lots of wastage.
Using the Small Tension Square Checker
This small sized tension square checker is perfect for the on-the-go swatcher, or for those in a rush to get on with a project and are unlikely to make a six inch tension square. Once you have crocheted or knitted a four inch tension square, you can simply place the checker on top, making sure that the bottom of the inner square lines up to the bottom of a row and goes straight across that row. The same applies to the stitches up each row.
If you work in imperial then turn the checker to the inches side and count away.
If you are a new fangled metric type like me, then you need to place the centimetres side down. You will notice that there is a little gap at the end of the 5cm marking. This is because 5cm is a smaller length than 2 inches (don't let the ball band fool you). Make sure you only count your stitches up to the 5cm mark on the horizontal and vertical lines.
Small Tension Square Checker dimensions
Approximately 10.1cm long by 10.1cm wide and 0.3cm deep.
Any weights given are approximated to provide a best estimate for postage and packaging costs only.
Product materials, sourcing and PoM Rating
This product was originated by me at KNIT IT - HOOK IT- CRAFT IT. The birch wood used in the tension squares and needle/hook gauges is from Russia and is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The sheets of wood are laser cut and engraved by Helen in her workshop in Lancashire before the final items comes back to me, near Sandbach in Cheshire, for bundling and posting out to customers.
Postage and Packaging
The P&P costs applied are very transparent. No additional costs are added on, you simply pay for the cost of packaging and the cost of postage. I don't offer free P&P because what that usually means is that the cost of P&P has been added to the cost of goods. I think it is better to assume that my customers aren't daft and would rather have transparent P&P costs than the pretense of 'Free P&P' with inflated prices on the items that they are buying.