Gauge Demons

If you hate knitting and measuring gauge swatches, you’re not alone. Short of Kitchener stitch (which I happen to love), many knitters view gauge swatches as the most onerous part of a project.

I won’t go into why a gauge swatch is so important, especially if you’re knitting a project that has to be a certain size, but I will offer a little help when it comes time to measure your gauge.

The Gauge Ruler shown below is a clear plastic ruler with white and black markings of knitted stitches at 11 gauges from 4 stitches/inch to 9 stitches/inch in 0.5 stitches/inch increments. Simply move the ruler across your knitting until the images of the stitches on the ruler match the stitches in your knitting. If you need more stitches per inch, swatch with smaller needles; if you need fewer stitches per inch, swatch with larger needles. Of course, for the most accurate measurements, you’ll want to measure the number of stitches over 4″ (10 cm) of knitting.

(Note that the ruler is fully transparent; I’ve added a strip of white paper under the bottom portion for readability in the photograph.)

gauge ruler on knitting

For a demonstration on how to use this gauge ruler, check out Amy Detjen’s YouTube video on measuring gauge.

Contact me at if you’re interested in purchasing the rulers, which retail for $5 each, with a minimum order of five, plus shipping. Wholesale inquires are welcome.