My First Pattern Question

Hi guys! I am ready to try my first pattern. I want to make

I hope I added that link right, if not it is the Fisherman’s Shrug.

I am confused about the gauge thing. The pattern says 9sts and 14 rows in ST stitch pattern (knit RS rows, prul WS rows) can someone explain that to me?


I’m not exactly sure what your question is, with regards to the pattern, but if something says Knit RS - that means, “knit on right side” and purl WR means, "purl on wrong side."

Ohhhh, ok. I Think I may need to print out a list of abbreviations LOL, but what does it mean when it tells me to check my guage? I have only knitted a scarf so far…

Thanks for responding!

You definitely want to check your gauge, particularly if you’re knitting something that has to fit: sweater, hat, etc.

I’m a newbie to knitting, but I took a class just this weekend; we learned how to check gauge.

You have to knit a swatch first of at least 4 inches and then determine how many stitches per inch you have. (I’m sure someone else can explain better).

So, if you see a pattern that says the gauge is 4.5, that means that there are 4.5 stitches per inch. Does this make sense?

Yes that makes plenty of sense. But I don’t think the pattern tells me…unless its where it says 9 sts and 14 rows…is that how I check my guage? Then it says 4 in…?? lol, thanks for helping though.

When you make something that is fitted (sweater, jacket, skirt, etc.) you need to check your gauge to make sure that you’re knitting is the same size as the person who created the pattern. To check the gauge, you need to use the needles and yarn that you plan on using for the pattern and knit up a swatch. If it tells you X stitches and X rows = 4 inches, then knit a couple of inches larger that a 4 x 4 square. If it tells you X sts and X rows = 1 inch, then do the same, probably knit up a 4 x 4 square. You make the swatch larger because you can’t get an accurate gauge measuring from the edges, so you need to measure inwards from the edges. Now you need to measure how many stitches and how many rows = either 1 inch or 4 inches (depending on what the gauge in the pattern says). If it matches perfectly than you can go ahead and start the pattern. But if it doesn’t match than you need to do some math to figure out exactly how many sts and rows will give you gauge. Hope this all makes sense.

Read this article, it should help a lot:


9 sts and 14 rows = 4 in (10 cm) in St stitch pattern (knit RS rows, purl WS rows) using size 10½ needles. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

This means to knit up a swatch and check YOUR gauge against this one. If it’s off you need to do it again with a different size needle till it matches. Make a good size swatch and check in the center of it.