Gague?

I’m wanting to do a pattern that calls for - Gauge: 16-1/2 sts and 22 rows = 4" (10cm) in stockinet st

Am I reading that right, sixteen and a half stiches?? Here is the link to the free pattern - http://www.knittingatknoon.com/piecepatt.html

TIA!!! :slight_smile:

Yes, you should get 16 1/2 stitches per four inches–close to 4 stitches per inch.

This is the first time I’ve done a gauge swatch, so I’m still confused. Would I cast on 17 stiches? Then do 22 rows?

Your best bet is to cast on more than 17–maybe 25. This way you can measure and count your stitches without having to include the edge ones.

The goal of a gauge swatch is not to make a square 4 x 4, but rather to make a square that’s larger so you can see how many real stitches you get over 4 inches.

The stitches across are more important than the rows in length. You usually knit for X number of inches rather than a set number of rows. You can knit more or fewer rows to get the length you want, but you can’t adjust for width once you’ve started.

ok, thank you :slight_smile: