# How do you count knitted garter rows?

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## How do you measure a garter stitch swatch?

To calculate stitch gauge, lay your swatch on a flat surface, without stretching it. Place your tape measure on the swatch and count the bumps (as shown above left) between 0 and 4 inches to see how many stitches you have over 4 inches. That number is your stitch gauge.

## How do you find the gauge of a row?

5. Row Gauge is a little off

1. Count how many rows are in the cap after the initial bindoff (e.g. I counted 38 rows in the cap. …
2. Multiply the desired cap height by YOUR gauge (e.g. 4.75” x 9 rows per inch = 42.75 So if I knit a cap that is 42 – 43 rows it will work. …
3. Add or subtract the number of rows you need evenly.

## Does the cast off row count as a row?

The cast on doesn’t count as a row. But it’s easier to count all the rows in the worked fabric, below the needle, and just not count the loops on the needle.

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