Gauge change

This page provides generic materials for working out changes in gauge.

To change gauge, you will need to work out the multiplier. When you have worked out your multiplier, you can use a spacing table to decide how to knit the gauge change transition.

On this page there are two versions of the materials: manual and interactive.

 

Manual tables and tools

Multiplier

new st/10cm ÷ old st/10cm or r/10cm = multiplier

(The adapting advice for each treatment will tell you whether to measure and calculate with stitches or rows.)

Spacing tables

  • Knit off (1 step decrease / 2 step decrease / 1 step increase)
  • Pick up (stitches / rows)

A pdf version of the knit off and pick up spacing tables is available to download at the bottom of the page.

Full versions of the 1 step knit off and pick up spacing tables, which show all spacing options, are also available at the bottom of the page. They include ratios and spacings which are difficult to knit and therefore have not been included in the edited spacing tables. You might like to take a look, just out of curiosity!

New fabric gauge range

(Used for treatments where you knit off open stitches, such as replace edge section - see the treatment advice page for more information)

1 step decrease for fine (40-60 st/10cm), mid (28-40 st/10cm) and hand (18-28 st/10cm) fabrics

  • old st/10cm x 0.50 (minimum multiplier) = minimum st/10cm
  • old st/10cm x 0.90 (maximum multiplier) = maximum st/10cm

2 step decrease or superfine (>60 st/10cm), fine (40-60 st/10cm) and mid (28-40 st/10cm) fabrics

  • old st/10cm x 0.25 (minimum multiplier) = minimum st/10cm
  • old st/10cm x 0.67 (maximum multiplier) = maximum st/10cm

1 step increase for hand (18-28 st/10cm) and chunky (<18 st/10cm) fabrics

  • old st/10cm x 1.11 (minimum multiplier) = minimum st/10cm
  • old st/10cm x 2.00 (maximum multiplier) = maximum st/10cm

 

Interactive gauge change tool

The interactive version is an Excel (.xls) file with several sheets. 

First, 4 spacing tables - choose the relevant one for the treatment/gauge change you want to work.

Each spacing table incorporates a multiplier tool:

  • Knit off spacing table: 1 step decrease
  • Knit off spacing table: 2 step decrease
  • Knit off spacing table: 1 step increase
  • Pick up spacing table

Then, there are 2 sheets with interactive calculators:

Note: The interactive tables use a special Knitting Symbols font. In order for the tables to display these symbols, you need to install this font to your computer. (If you don't want to do this, use the pdf versions of the tables, available to download below.)

Download Knitting Symbols font (link to further information and download page)

Download interactive gauge change tool Excel file (download begins immediately)