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Boye knitting gauge count 10 plus
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Mar 18, 2011 02:40:55   #
Hi - I have a bad habit of using supplies and gadgets and then discarding the directions. You'd think I'd learn by now (60's) not to do that. Can anyone explain how to use the above mentioned gauge gadget to determine stitches per inch? Working on a new project and trying to determine the size needle to use. Thanks loads, Mary
Mar 18, 2011 03:40:05   #
Hi Mary, gauge determines the number of the stitches measured in a 4" swatch. The gauge device I have is a flat piece of metal with holes in it to measure the knitting needle sizes and a ruler to measure the knit swatch.

Every pattern gives a gauge needed to make the size given for the item. It may say 17 stitches per 4" swatch, size 10 needle. That is only a guideline. You use the size needle that gives you that gauge.

If you don't determine your gauge the item may not turn out with the desired measurements and you will have wasted time and money.

Hope this helps! Lois
Mar 18, 2011 12:58:57   #
Hi Lois - I know which gauge ruler you're talking about, but, this one has a slide on the bottom and the numbers per inch go down instead of up. (10 down to 2 1/2). It's white plastic with blue lettering. Just can't figure out how to use it to measure stitches per inch. Mary
Mar 18, 2011 20:50:39   #
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10 plus.......not sure what that means......

Bottom line is to work a swatch measuring a 2" square + a little more, lay your guage on it and count the sts across and rows that to the yarn specs and pattern specs. The pattern and yarn should be the in not using different yarn that's called for in the pattern.

If you don't meet gauge, go up or down a needle size until you do.

If you don't have enough stitches they say should be there, go DOWN a needle size to get more stitches. If you have too many stitches, go UP a needle size to produce FEWER stitches.

If this makes no sense, then experiment one way or the other on needle sizes. LOL!!

Pretty handy gadget, too. I own several antique/collectible ones, too.

Good luck!!
the2oldies wrote:
Hi - I have a bad habit of using supplies and gadgets and then discarding the directions. You'd think I'd learn by now (60's) not to do that. Can anyone explain how to use the above mentioned gauge gadget to determine stitches per inch? Working on a new project and trying to determine the size needle to use. Thanks loads, Mary
Mar 18, 2011 21:33:17   #
Thanks a lot. I found my regular metal one and used that for gauge instead of trying to figure out how to use the Boye one. Mary
Jul 31, 2011 15:45:35   #
I was perplexed when figuring out the gauge slide on the Boye brand gauge tool. I finally had my "ah-hah" moment. You must place the left side of the slide opening on the beginning of a stitch. Count to the right from that first stitch until you get 10 complete stitches. Now slide the left side of the moveable part to the very end of the tenth stitch. Now look at the "pointy" part of the slide. It will point at a number, for example 5 1/2. That tells you that you are knitting 5 1/2 stitches per inch. That is your gauge.

I tried it on something I was knitting. The pointy part of the slide stopped in the middle between the 7 and 6. My gauge is 6 1/2 stitches per inch.

Hopefully this helps you Mary and dispels the mystery of the gauge. :wink:
Mar 22, 2012 14:34:13   #
Thanks all, I needed that.
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