6 1/2 stitches = about 4 in. (10 cm).When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the patternand the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called forin the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to varyfrom person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, tryusing a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook orneedles.Making a Gauge Swatch
Pattern Sizing Information
Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.
Finished Circumference About 16 in. (40.5 cm), will stretch to fit a range of sizes