Knitting sample and gauge

It is important to make a knitting sample before starting your new knitting project.


You have to do this to determine your knitting gauge in relation to the pattern's knitting gauge, so that you can adapt your firmness to the one in the pattern.


We all knit differently, loosely or firmly and it can make a big difference to the size of your garment if your knitting gauge does not fit with the pattern. You may need to adjust the size of your needle to get the same number of stitches per 10 cm as the pattern indicates.


Your finished knit sample shows you the number of stitches (horizontal) and rows (vertical) on a 10 x 10 cm knitwear (or whatever cm the pattern indicates).


It may take some time to do a knitting sample and if you, like us, are a little impatient and knit from free imagination, then you often want to skip it and just get started with your new project! Believe us, it's well worth the trouble! We have often ended up with some crazy sizes, where we wish we have had a little more patience and not least a knitting sample!


When you make your knitting sample, it is important that you knit it in the yarn and in the pattern indicated by the pattern.

Measure on a piece that measures 10 x 10 cm and count how many many stitches and rows there are. Therefore it is important that your knitting sample is a little bit larger than the area you are measuring. This will give you the best result.

If you want to knit a sweater in a different size than what a pattern suggests, then we recommend doing the following calculation:

Count how many stitches you have on your 10 cm knit sample, divide them by 10 and multiply it by the desired number of cm.


Calculation looks like this: number of stitches on your 10 cm / number cm (10) x desired number of cm = Number of stitches you have to cast on. Here is an example where you have 20 stitches per 10 cm and you would like a sweater that measures 60 cm at the hip:


20/10 x 60 = cast on 120 stitches.

It is a good idea to knit an edge on your knit sample in garter st, so that it doesn't bulge up the sides when measuring. 

We do not wash our knitting samples, but if you want to see how the yarn behaves after washing, you can wash your knit sample before knitting your knit sample.

Size guide

Knitting by Brosbøl Henriksen uses the following universal size guide.