How do you count stitches in knitting gauge?
One thing that is fun (and maddening) to do is to measure your gauge not only by counting the number of stitches in two inches or four inches or whatever, but counting the number of stitches in a bigger piece of knitting (say, the finished sweater, or a piece of it), and then dividing the width of that piece by the …
How do you count stitches per inch?
Measure 4 inches, count the stitches (half-stitches, too) and divide this number by 4 (it may be a fraction). This is stitches per inch. If you have MORE stitches per inch than your pattern calls for (see diagram to the left), your stitches are TOO SMALL. Try a LARGER NEEDLE.
How do you use a swatch gauge?
To measure your row gauge, rotate your ruler 90 degrees and, aligning your ruler with the top of a stitch from the center of the swatch, count the number of stitches within 4 inches. As before, divide this number by 4 to calculate your row gauge over 1 inch, if desired.