Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-04-2007, 06:56 PM   #1
Mrs. Columbo
Posts: n/a
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?

  Reply With Quote


This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 02-04-2007, 07:00 PM   #2
Instepping Out
Silver's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Orange Park, FL
Posts: 3,949
Thanks: 854
Thanked 669 Times in 351 Posts
Yep, sounds like you're right! 8 sts per 4 inches is the same as 2 stitches per inch, so your calculations are correct.

Silver's Sock Classes
Shop: On The Town Knitting Bags, hand made elegant small project bags.
My Blog, Write | KBelle on Ravelry | ComeToSilver on Plurk | Puppies, Jinx & Hex Photos & Videos
Silver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2007, 07:02 PM   #3
Working the Gusset
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 1,721
Thanks: 73
Thanked 542 Times in 485 Posts
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.

cam90066 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2007, 07:13 PM   #4
Mrs. Columbo
Posts: n/a
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?

Toby (good thing I didn't need math to be a P.I.)
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2007, 08:21 PM   #5
Mod Squad
Ingrid's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Pleasant Valley, NY
Posts: 29,585
Thanks: 21
Thanked 2,253 Times in 1,844 Posts
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!
"Trust the pattern!"

Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.

Hop aboard while we follow the cloud-covered van of knitting harmony, man!! Woooo!! --Hedgehog

IngridKH on Ravelry
Ingrid is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Understanding gauge and needle size - help a challenged knitter out... triedandtrue General Knitting 5 02-15-2010 03:59 PM
Am I understanding this right? Gauge 3kids1036 General Knitting 6 03-14-2007 05:37 PM
substitute yarn--gauge on label or gauge in pattern? mrosen How-to Questions 2 03-24-2006 11:15 PM
Help understanding gauge ecuzzacrea How-to Questions 3 12-20-2005 02:06 PM
Crochet gauge, but not knit gauge on label... gardenmommy How-to Questions 1 12-11-2005 11:13 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:24 PM.