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Old 02-04-2007, 06:56 PM   #1
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Understanding Gauge
I have only ever worked on things that gauge doesn't matter .. presently I'm making a shawl for my mom and just looked at a few patterns that were near the stitch gauge for the yarn I was using and cast on accordingly .. so far so good ..

Here is my question: The gauge on my Bohemian is 8 st 14 rows on 8mm needles for a 4x4 inch ... so if I wanted a scarf say to be 8 inches, would I put on 16 st? or for one 12 inches, put on 24 st? Do I have that nearly right?

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Old 02-04-2007, 07:00 PM   #2
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Yep, sounds like you're right! 8 sts per 4 inches is the same as 2 stitches per inch, so your calculations are correct.

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Old 02-04-2007, 07:02 PM   #3
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The gauge for 8 sts over 4 inches is same as 2 sts per in (8 div by 4). If you want 8" scarf, mult by 8x2=16 sts.

Gets bit more complicated when the no. of sts isn't as easily divisable by 4. But the multiplication aspect still holds true.

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Old 02-04-2007, 07:13 PM   #4
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Ahhh ok ... so then on "little yarn" ... I have a Sirdar Snuggly to make a blanket from .... that is 4mm needles, and 22 st to 28 rows for a 4x4, you would divide the 4 into 22 and come up with 5 st per 1 inch? so for a blanket that is 20 inches you would put on 100 st?

Am I close?

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Old 02-04-2007, 08:21 PM   #5
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4 into 22 would give you 5 1/2 st per inch. Sounds like a little, but they add up when you want something to fit. For a blanket, not as important.

You've got the right idea, though!
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