|Top down sweaters, floral garland, and sampler wall|
My focus on crochet is on the fabric, rather than on the stitch, so my pieces don't look like afghans or doilies.
|Block and diagonal garments, shawls, and samplers|
Knit stitches are simple, so it is easier to make gauge. Knit fabrics in process are on needles, making them difficult to measure.
Crochet has more complex stitches, so making gauge can be a real challenge, if not impossible for a lot of folks. Crochet is worked one stitch at a time, so measuring the fabric in process is usually very easy: you just lay it flat and measure it.
It makes more sense for crochet patterns to be written based on measurements than on gauge -- I've worked this way for decades. The concept patterns on this blog very often are about measurements rather than stitches and rows. And now my patterns will show how it makes sense.
About the sturdy stitch I use for bags, baskets, sweater button bands, tea cozies - I use it a lot! It is a 2-stitch repeat in the round, so that is an odd # of stitches. In rows, it is usually an even number of sts, starting each row with a chain 2 turn.