How to knit mittens and take the measures?

Dear knitters,

hope you are all well. I’m very new to knitting, and I don’t know a lot about this yet. I would love to make some mittens. but I don’t know how to make it or read a pattern. its a bit difficult for me to understand the tension or gauge. I don’t understand what it means 5.5 sts per inch. Is there anyone who is nice enough to answer my questions n help me out to understand knitting and help me to make my 1st mittens. :slight_smile:

what I know now i learned it by myself without any ones help. I hope you will be able to help me out.

I just started 2 months ago. I would be grateful to you guys if you help me out with this.Hope to hear from you.

thanking you,


Hi and welcome to knitting and to KH!
Gauge is one of the most important things to learn when you start knitting. It’ll help you knit mittens (and anything else) that’ll fit you. There are wonderful videos on this site including a series under Getting Started, on the Free Videos tab at the top of the page, that are very helpful. There’s a section there on gauge, about 3/4s of the way down the page.
When a pattern says 5.5 sts/inch, it’s telling you how to convert the number of sts on the needle into the measurement of your finished knit project. Knit a small piece of about 25sts for about 4 inches and then measure the number of sts over the center 4 inches. Divide by 4 to get sts/inch and that’s the gauge [I]you[/I] get with your yarn and needles. If it’s not the same as the pattern gauge, you can adjust by changing needle size.
You can get lots of help here with any questions and many suggestions for patterns and ways to knit mittens. Glad you could join us!

dear salmonmac,

thank you for your reply. I will definitely see the pages now. but still i guess i need to see in person to understand the gauge or sts per inch. i’ll try to check some video’s on this page. if you think you can show me online through skype feel free to add me n call me when ever it’s possible for you. thnk you.

skype id: nafeesaridh

See if the videos and tutorials help get you started. Gauge is not so much a matter of seeing as understanding the whys so I think the reading here will help with that. Give it a try.

Welcome, Uzu. As it happens, I also have a pattern with a knit-along video, just for making mittens, if you’re interested. Just use US size 6 and 8 Double pointd needles, and your gauge should be fine, as gauge needn’t be perfect on that pattern. (Size 6 is for the ribbing on the cuff, 8 is for the rest of the mitten).