# Best answer: How is yarn gauge measured?

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## What does gauge mean in yarn?

Gauge simply refers to the number of stitches a garment has per inch. The gauge depends on the following variables: Size of yarn. Size of needle. Stitch pattern.

## How do you measure gauge in knitting fabric?

In both cases, the gauge is measured by counting the number of stitches (in hand knitting) or the number of needles (on a knitting machine bed) over several inches then dividing by the number of inches in the width of the sample.

## What does 5 gauge knit mean?

If the indicated gauge is 5 sts/inch, you will cast on 30 stitches, for example. Knit the first inch in garter stitch (knit every row). This will prevent the swatch from rolling at the edges and will make it easier and more accurate to measure.

## How do I measure my gauge size?

“Here [in the U.S.] it’s measured by gauge.” Gauge sizes work in reverse, meaning that the higher the number, the thinner the width. So higher numbers (like 16 gauge) are thinner than smaller numbers (like a 6 gauge). When discussing gauges, references to a “larger gauge” means bigger around, not a bigger number.

## How is wire gauge measured?

Stranded wire gauges should be measured by calculating the equivalent cross sectional copper area. First, measure the bare diameter of a single strand and locate the circular mils value in the row that matches your measurement. Second, multiply the circular mils by the number of strands in the cable.

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## Why is my crochet gauge so off?

If your gauge swatch is smaller than desired, or has more stitches and rows per inch than the designer’s sample, you’ll need to increase your hook size. Vice versa, decreasing hook size can fix a gauge swatch that is bigger than desired, or has fewer stitches and rows per inch than listed in the crochet pattern.