All Pringle of Scotland knitted garments mention ‘gauge’ in their descriptions. But what do we mean by this and how can you work out which weight is right for you?

Simply, gauge is the number of stitches per inch on a piece of knitwear.

The gauge will be different depending on the yarn, needle size, individual knitter, and stitch pattern. In general, the thicker the yarn, the larger the needle you should use with it, the bigger the stitches it will make, and so you will need fewer of them. The finer the yarn, the smaller the needle you should use with it, the smaller the stitches, so you need more of them.

3g - hand knit / chunky knit

12g - good weight for layering

12g - off gauge

7g - specially developed off-gauge weight perfect for a warmer climate

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The gauge of our garments varies, from chunky hand-knits, to our signature cashmere and merino wool pieces, and then ultra-fine knits. In our Heritage Collection our most classic knits are 12-gauge, and for our new collection many spring-weight pieces are 7-gauge.