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Old 12-30-2006, 01:49 AM   #1
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Completely idiotic question...
I'm brand new to knitting (started on Christmas Eve) and I can do the knit stitch, purl, and bind off. Nothing else, lol. I bought new, nice yarn today and on the label it says - 5 sts=1". How on earth can 5 stitches equal one inch? I am lost.

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Old 12-30-2006, 02:20 AM   #2
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Crystal - Welcome to the forum!

The 5 stiches = 1" you saw on the label refer to what is called "guage". On the label there should also be a knitting needle size (i.e. US 8). What this is telling you that when you knit in stockinette stitch using that yarn and US 8 needles that you will end up with five stitches for each one inch of fabric you've knitted.

Gauge is used to determine if your knitting style will create the correct fabric or will it be too lose (meaning you'll need to change to a smaller needle size) or too tight (meaning you'll need to chage to a bigger needle size).

This page here might be helpful in understanding gauge.

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Old 12-30-2006, 02:25 AM   #3
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Thank you so much! I'm knitting with a size 8 needle like the label says.
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Old 12-30-2006, 08:15 AM   #4
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SJ. that page is great. I've bookmarked it for reference when I hopefully one day get to teach.

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Old 12-30-2006, 03:07 PM   #5
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I bookmarked that page. Gauge troubles me, I still can't quite understand how to get it right, its why I've stuck mainly to scarves.
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Old 12-30-2006, 06:58 PM   #6
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no question is idiotic if you don't know the answer. Believe me, I have asked a lot of questions on the site and everyone has been so nice and patient with me. Ask all you want that is what this site is for, people helping people.
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Old 12-30-2006, 07:51 PM   #7
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nice job SJ!
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