Gauge Swatch calculator
Ok, so the instructions say, "Knit a gauge swatch." Now what? Here's how it works:
Cast on 20 stitches and knit a square. Use the stitch you will use in the finished piece; garter stitch, stockinette, seed stitch, ribbing…there are thousands. Just be sure to count the rows and stitches.. Now, take your nice little patch of knitting, steam it a bit with your iron and measure it with a ruler. Don't pull or stretch it - just make sure it is flat. Enter your numbers in the calculator below. If you're using inches, the calculator will not allow you to enter fractions; in centimeters you can enter decimals, if you need to. It is important to be as accurate as possible with your measurements.
Click the calculate button and presto! You have your stitches and rows per inch or centimeters. Now use these numbers to knit from a pattern, or create your own. There will be more knitting just what you hoped for and less taking your work out because it turns out the wrong size.
Even better, if you are felting a project, knit your swatch (write down your stitch count and row count). Then felt the swatch before you measure it. Using this calculator, you can determine how many stitches your project will need to begin with to felt to a particular finished size.- or -