make your swatch, at least 6"x6", wash and block it, see what gauge you are getting. If you have too many stitches to 4 inches, you will need to go up a size in needles and check again. This is the only way you can be surewoodsstock111 said:thankyou for your help.do you know how I would change the size if it is wrong
http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/05/blocking-knitting-tutorial/woodsstock111 said:thanks for the answer, but what is a block? also how many stitches go to 4inches? does it say on the patterns?
There are 2 ways of knitting a gauge swatch. The first is using stocking stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row); the second is to use the pattern for the item you're making. 3" seems odd to me, but the method should be the same. You cast on more than the number of stitches required to get gauge. In this case, probably double the number. Then you follow the pattern until your swatch measures at least 6". Cast off. Wash and block. Then measure across a row in the middle of the swatch and count the stitches. If you have yarn overs, the 'wrong' side is probably all purl. On the right side it will show as knit and you can count those. I would count in 2 or 3 places to be sure.Donalda said:I don't have a clue as to your dilemma. Sorry. However, gauge to me is very confusing. My pattern calls for a gauge of 16 stitches to 3" using yo and 2tog. How in the world do you count stitches in that kind of pattern? I know all of you very knowledgeable knitter have the answer. I am at a loss.