# How do I measure my knitting?

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## How can I tell what gauge my yarn is?

To get the exact gauge called for in the pattern you need to look at how many stitches per inch there are in the pattern gauge. Then look at the label on the yarn you are planning to use. Most yarn labels will tell you stitches per inch.

## How do you measure stitches per inch?

This is the formula you use for figuring out your gauge from your gauge swatch, or from any piece of knitting. Lay a ruler or tape measure down on the knitting, and count 22 ½ stitches in, say, 6 inches. 22.5 divided by 6 equals 3.75 stitches per inch.

## How does gauge work in knitting?

Gauge is just a measure of how big your stitches are. Gauge has two parts: stitches and rows. This means gauge is measuring both the width of your stitches and the height of your stitches. Not all knitters stitch the same way: Some of us tend to knit tighter stitches while others have a very loose technique.

## What weight is size 3 yarn?

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Yarn Weight Types of Yarn Knit Gauge/Needle Size
#2 Sport, Baby Weight 23-26 sts to 4″ on US 3-5 needles
#3 DK, Light Worsted Weight 21-24 sts to 4″ on US 5-7 needles
#4 Worsted, Aran Weight 16-20 sts to 4″ on US 7-9 needles
#5 Chunky, Bulky Weight 12-15 sts to 4″ on US 9-11 needles

## What is the standard stitch length?

What stitch length should I use?

What is the best stitch for: Suggested Stitch Length (mm) Stitches Per Inch
Standard Stitch Length 2.5 – 3.0 8 – 10
Basting stitch 5.0 – 7.0 4 – 5
Stay-stitching 1.5 – 2.0 12 – 8
Top-stitching – light/medium weight 3.0 – 3.5 7 – 8

## How do I know how many stitches to cast on?

The Stitches to Cast-On = (dW x S/W). Divide Stitches counted in swatch by swatch Width measured. Multiply by Desired Width. So for the example for the above you will take your 4×4 measured area.