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Counting the Stitches and Rows of a 10 x10 Swatch Gauge

May 10th, 2018

Hey Knitters,

 

1. Knit a 4” x 4” inch square called a swatch or a swatch gauge using the same yarn you intend to knit your garment.  However, if you knit a larger swatch, then use a tape measure to measure out a 4 x 4 inch area.

2. Wash and treat the swatch according to the instructions on the package.

3. Let the swatch dry completely.

4. Count the number of stitches in your 4 x 4 inch swatch. For instance, you might count 20 stitches along the width of your swatch. However, depending on the number of stitches cast on your knitting needle you might count more stitches. In that case measure, tape and pin a 4 x 4 inch square of fabric.

5. Divide the number of stitches by the width of your swatch to equal the stitches per inch. For example, 20 stitches /4 the width of swatch = 5 stitches per inch. Example 20/4=5. The calculation represents stitch/inch.

6. Count the number of rows and do the math. For instance, you might count 13 rows by the length of your swatch. However, depending on the number of rows knitted and the size of the knitting needles you might have more rows.

7. Divide the number of rows by the length of the swatch this will equal the row per inch.For example, 13 stitches /4 the width of swatch equal 3.25 stitches per inch. Example 13/4=3.25. The calculation represents stitch/inch.

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