how to change gauge

I have a pattern for a scarf where the yarn is chunky and the needles are 6mm. I want to make the same pattern in 4 ply wool. what number of needles to use and how to calculate how many stitches to put to get the same measurement of the scarf.


suman sadana

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Oct 07, 2020
how to change gauge
by: Ratchadawan

Hi Suman,

Use the needle suggests on the yarn's label. If the label is missing then I would suggest using needles size 3.5mm - 4mm.

Since you're making a scarf, the completed 4x4" gauge is not necessary. You can cast on about 20 sts and knit in stitch suggested in your pattern for about an inch long. Then you measure your gauge to see how many sts and rows are in an inch.

Use your (number of sts/inch) multiple by (the width of the scarf) to get the number of cast on stitches.

For example, if your gauge is 7 sts/inch and the scarf is 8 inches wide, then you will need to cast on 56 sts. The length is pretty simple for a scarf since you can measure is as you knit. Although, some people prefer to count row for more accuracy.

Now, I have a question for you. Does your scarf have a pattern that requires multiple numbers of sts? If so, you have to make some adjustments to that as well.

Thanks for the question and visit. Have a wonderful day!


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