What does guage means

My pattern reads
Gauge: 29 and 37 rows = 10cm in stockinette stitch
What does this mean. Should I do any stitch for this.or I should follow
The stitches from direction only.
also after stitching few rows they have asked to start to round. Do I need a circular needle for it. By in pattern they didnt mention circular needle

Stockinette stitch is knit a row alternating with a purl row if you’re knitting flat, or knitting all rounds in the round. You need to cast on more stitches to get an accurate measurement and don’t measure on the edges as those stitches will be different than in the middle. So CO about 36 or 38 stitches and work for about 10cm in lenght. Ideally, the gauge swatch should be washed the way you will the finished item. I don’t know about the circular needle, it may be used to hole a larger number of stitches. If you can link to the pattern or say which one it is, we can help you a lot better.

here is the link for my pattern…

in this pattern picture the design near the front neck is different… what is that stitch.

Also can you please explain about the material and needle which they are teling about

The top yoke/upper part of the dress is a reversed stockinette stitch (purls on RS) with a couple rows of regular stockinette st.

this is knit with a thin yarn, a baby or sock yarn type and the needles are 3mm, or US size 2½. It would be knit in the round, though I think to start you knit 2" or so flat, then join, that way you have the buttons at the neck opening.

Thanks for the reply suzeeq

Sorry i didnt understand. I learnt knit,purl,M1 from net only…
so i dont know more…

My direction starts with Casting On 65 stitches and do knit and purl alternatively for each row.

where does this stockinette stitch comes?
Please explain…

Stockinette stitch is just the name given to the pattern that you get when you knit one row and then purl one row and continue like this, alternating knit and purl rows. If the V side of the fabric is on the outside of the sweater or dress, it’s called stockinette. If the bump side of the fabric is to the outside, it’s called reverse stockinette. You can see that in your pattern, the yoke has the bumps showing, so that’s reverse stockinette stitch.

Oh k i got it… but in that pattern that bump is bigger… i thought it is some other stitch… Another doubt what about the material used…
is it different size of yarn???

Also i have another doubt about join?


though I think to start you knit 2" or so flat, then join,
what to join??

It’s the pattern of knit and purl rows that’ll give you the yoke pattern (sort of a plowed field look). You don’t need other yarn. Just follow the directions for the first 10 rows, repeat them the number of times you need to for your size and you’ll start to see the pattern emerge. Put a safety pin or a loop of yarn on the right side (the side that will face out on the dress) so that it’s easy to remember and keep track of which row you’re on with a pencil and paper.
For the first part of the yoke you’ll knit back and forth. Then you join the edges so that you’re kntting in the round. The directions are pretty good and will be clearer when you have the knitting actually in hand. That back and forth part gives you the opening for the buttons. From there on, the yoke is knit in the round. Here’s a video that may help when you get to joining to knit in the round.

Look carefully at the order of the rows. It is not just knit a row purl a row. It begins:
Row 1: knit
Row 2: knit
Row 3: purl
Row 4: knit
Row 5: knit
Row 6: purl
Row 7: knit
Row 8: knit
Row 9: purl
Row 10: knit
Row 11: knit
Row 12: purl
Row 13: knit
Row 14: knit
Row 15: purl

If you carefully keep track of what type of row to do and do them in that order, on the outside of the dress it will have 3 rows of the bumps and then 3 rows of smooth, 3 rows of bumps, 3 rows of smooth, 3 rows of bumps after doing the first 15 rows.

When it says to join, that is when you begin working around and around. The pattern does call for a circular needle.

Hey thanks all,

u r making me clearer about the pattern :thumbsup: . Sorry if this looks silly doubt…if i follow the first 15 rows i will get the purl bumps in the upper part as a straight line… But that bump is there around the neck???

Any explanation for that?

Best thing may be to try this out on a small swatch. Just cast on 25sts or so and repeat the sequence of rows as given in the pattern or as Merigold has written it out. Then you’ll see how you get the bumps and the definition between rows.

The bump is because there’s 2 or 3 rows of the purls showing on the outside of the pattern. Yes, just try out the rows as written in the pattern, practice it on some other yarn. Knitting is just using the knit and purl stitches - the way that they’re combined is different on different patterns. Sometimes you knit all rows, sometimes you knit one row and alternate with a purl rows. In this pattern you knit a couple of rows, then purl a row and knit 2 more rows and keep going like that. If you just follow the pattern as it’s written your work will come out looking like the picture.

ok i will try and let you know how it goes… Thanks a lot :knitting:

I think the best way for you to understand it is to cast on about 20 or so sts with any yarn, any needles, and follow the knit and purl rows as Marigold listed them and just see what happens. Some things just aren’t clear until you do them. You don’t have to start the pattern, just play with the stitches and knit or purl back and forth.