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How to Measure without a ruler

Tuesday Tip – How to Measure Without A Ruler

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Many of you who have taken my classes know that I’m not a fan of measuring your knitting in progress. I believe it’s always best to trust your finished row gauge and keep track of rows.

That being said, I know there are times when you just want to check to see how many inches you’ve knit and sometimes (gasp) you might not have a ruler handy. No need to fear, there’s plenty of ways you can learn

How to to Measure Without a Ruler!

1) Dollar Bill

The bill is just shy of being a perfect measure. It is a bit over 2 1/2″ high (two bills stacked together make a measure just shy of 5 1/4″) and it’s a bit over 6″ long . . . but in a pinch to get a rough estimate think:

2 1/2″ high x 6″ long

2) Credit Card

The average credit card makes a nice sturdy ruler. It measures:

2 1/8″ high x 3 3/8″ long

3) Quarter

Makes a pretty darn good 1″ measure

4) Paper!

We all remember learning as a kid, a regular sheet of paper measures:

8 1/2″ wide x 11″ high

5) Your Thumb

By far my favorite “ruler”. The top of my thumb knuckle to the tip of my thumb is 1″

Enjoy!

 

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One comment

  • G .N. Villeneuve January 5, 2019   Reply →

    Know your hand span as well. Mine is 8 inches, give or take a fraction.

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