How to Convert a Crochet Pattern into a Knitting Pattern

Converting a pattern takes a little guess work and a little math. But with practice you'll be able to make a nice product from whichever pattern you have.


Up next in Crocheting 101 (13 videos)

Want to know how to crochet a hat? Check out these crocheting lessons from Howcast and you'll soon know how to crochet hats and much more.

You Will Need

  • Crochet pattern
  • Knitting needles
  • Yarn
  • Knit gauge tool


  1. Step 1

    Find a knitting gauge that is similar to the crochet gauge

    Find a knitting gauge that is similar to the crochet gauge specified in the pattern. The number of stitches will be the same, but the number of rows will vary.

  2. Gauge two rows of knit for every one row of crochet. Crochet stitches are usually taller than knit stitches.

  3. Step 2

    Work a test swatch with chosen gauge

    Work a test swatch of about 6 by 6 inches in your chosen gauge to make sure that your project will come out in the right size.

  4. Step 3

    Measure the swatch and adjust gauge as needed

    Use your knit gauge tool to measure the number of stitches in the inner 4 inches of your swatch. Divide the number by four and compare to your gauge.

  5. Step 4

    Adjust your knitting as needed

    Adjust your knitting to match your desired dimensions. Use smaller needles if you have too few stitches, and larger needles if you have too many.

  6. Plan to use about 33 percent less yarn for knitting than for crocheting.

  7. Step 5

    Mark the original pattern with your new measures

    Mark the original pattern with your new measurements, or make a copy of the crochet pattern and mark it to preserve the original.

  8. Step 6

    Check your gauge as you are knitting

    Knit according to your new pattern. Check your gauge as you go along to make sure you are staying on track. Soon you'll have a nice finished product.

  9. The renowned Victoria and Albert Museum in London boasts a large collection of historical knit items, including a pair of Egyptian socks dating from the third to fifth century and gloves from 16th century Spain.