Not Enough Needles?

Not Enough Needles?

A fellow knitter recently asked about our pet vest pattern. As a new knitter, she was surprised that her pattern instructed her to cast on 180 stitches. “That sounds like a lot of stitches for my little dog”.

Her gauge is 9 stitches to the inch. (Yes she is knitting it VERY tightly for warmth) Her dog measures 20″ at the chest.

We’ve heard this question quite a few times when new knitters are planning a hat. (When I started hand knitting I thought 80 stitches was too many) An average adult head is about 20″

Below are some examples at common gauges.

Are you surprised at the number of needles needed?

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Stitch Gauge (in inches) Stitches needed
4 20″ x 4 = 80sts
5 20″ x 5 = 100sts
6 20″ x 6 = 120sts
7 20″ x 7 = 140sts
8 20″ x 8 = 160sts
9 20″ x 9 = 180sts

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