Once you’ve learned the crochet basics, there are a few extra tools that you’ll need to complete your projects. In this video, Corrina Ferguson discusses flexible tape measures and their uses in your projects. A tape measure is one of the most important notions you can have in your crochet bag, so you’ll want to know all about them and how to choose the right one for you.
Flexible tape measures come in a variety of lengths and types. The retractable tape measure is useful because it doesn’t take up a lot of space in your crochet bag, and the tape measure won’t become tangled in your yarn or project. If you need to measure something that’s much longer, like the wingspan of a shawl or large afghan, you might find a traditional flexible tape measure useful. These tape measures are typically much longer in length, making it easy to measure your large project. Like many crochet notions, it’s about personal preference and finding the tape measure that works best for you.
Corinna notes that flexible tape measures can become stretched out, meaning that they won’t be able to take an accurate measurement. It’s important to check the flexible tape measure against a ruler occasionally to make sure that it is still measuring accurately.
One secret weapon that Corrina uses for measuring on the go is U.S. currency. She uses a 10-dollar bill to measure, noting that it is almost 6-inches. The bill can be folded to take smaller measurements, although these measurements become less accurate. While this method can’t measure your crochet project precisely, it’s a great tool when in a pinch!