Measuring Stitches

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The ball band often gives the manufacturer's recommended stockinette gauge, but you should always check your gauge in the stitch pattern as well.

1 Count and mark the stitches with pins, then measure between the pins. If the measurement is correct, you'll know that your finished garment will be the right width. If your marked stitches measure less, you're knitting too tightly and the garment will be too narrow. Knit another swatch using larger needles, and measure again. If the marked stitches measure more than they should, you're knitting loosely and the garment will be too wide. Knit another swatch on smaller needles, and measure again.

Use a tape measure to check you have the correct gauge.

Use a tape measure to check you have the correct gauge.

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2 Mark the number of rows and check the measurement. If it's correct go ahead and start knitting. If the marked rows measure less your knitting is tight, and the garment will be too short. Try using larger needles for your next swatch. If the marked rows measure more, your knitting is loose, and the garment will be too long. Try knitting another swatch using smaller needles.

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