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Old 05-08-2008, 11:47 AM   #1
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HELP me read a label for gauge info >>>
I'm using FdC sock yarn with size 4 needles (actually it says 3-5 on the label).

What are they telling me is the gauge? It says 10 cm x 10 cm (that's 4 x 4 inches, right? ) then it says 26 R (that's 26 rows?) and 20 M. Not sure what the "M" means, but assuming that is the measure across, are they saying that this gauge is 5-6 st/inch.

Let's assume 5 st/inch for now

Okay, so if the calf is measuring 12 inches, do I need to CO60? What about the ribbing? How much stretch will that add?

Just hoping that these will fit as they will be my first *pair*.




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Old 05-08-2008, 01:19 PM   #2
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What are they telling me is the gauge? It says 10 cm x 10 cm (that's 4 x 4 inches, right? ) then it says 26 R (that's 26 rows?) and 20 M. Not sure what the "M" means, but assuming that is the measure across, are they saying that this gauge is 5-6 st/inch.
10cm is not exactly 4 inches but they use them as though they were the same on international gauge information. The R would be rows all right and the M is the first letter of the word stitches in some other language (I can't remember which language right now), so that is the number of stitches in 4 inches--20. 26 rows make 4 inches and 20 stitches make 4 inches, using whatever needle works for you, and it is usually in the range of 3-5 for most people.

But that is all what the yarn usually is worked to. What about the pattern you are using, or are you using one? You would need to find a sock pattern with near this gauge, maybe a little smaller, because socks are often knit tightly.

12 inches(that is calf, what about the ankle?) would work out to be 60 stitches all right with the gauge given. Ribbing will have a lot of stretch, and cling. But I'm still thinking about that pattern. It seems a pattern for your first pair of socks would be a good idea.
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Old 05-08-2008, 01:23 PM   #3
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No I think the R is for sts, and M is for rows. It's an abbreviation in another language and I'm pretty sure the st gauge is always given first. Which yarn is it? You can probably look it up at yarndex.com and check for sure.
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Old 05-08-2008, 02:59 PM   #4
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She is probably looking at a little square chart (representing 4inX4in, or 10cmX10 cm) and you could read either the rows or stitches first. I would think the R was rows (probably a different word really), and M is stitches, because you almost always have more rows than stitches in 4 inches. For instance a couple of skeins near at hand say 18 sts & 24 rows; 20 sts & 26 rows.

In my quick search for yarn lables I came across one Phildar, Loisirs 139 that has the m and it is 30 m. (stitches) and 44 rgs. (rows).
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I know this is an old post but this had bugged me so many times I have used sock yarn!!! I finally looked up the translation, and I think it's German btw, and the R stands for "reihenweise" which is Row and the M stands for "Masche" which is stitch.

Now if we could just get the washing instructions in English!!!!

I hope this helps everyone!!
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I thought it might be German too, but it could easily be French or Italian, depends what the rest of the label is written in....
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