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CarmenIbanez
10-03-2006, 03:03 PM
So I am working on a gauge swatch for a sweater I want to make. I am terrible about choosing the right yarn for patterns. I like what I like. So I just adjust the gauge accordingly. This one I have now the gauge is quite a bit off, so I wanted someone to check my methodology so I'm not so completely off that it is a waste.

Gauge should be 23 st for 4"
Mine is 18 st for 4" which is 22% larger.
The difference in the cast on between the large (110 st) and the small (98 st) is only 11%, so I can't just make the small size.

SO, I need to cast on like 86 stitches (22% less than 110) to start in order for my gauge to work out.

Does this make sense?

janelanespaintbrush
10-03-2006, 03:25 PM
Just use this. (http://www.thedietdiary.com/knittingfiend/OrderForms/conversion%20pages/ConversionPage.html) It does the math for you, and will help you do the row adjustments as well.

CarmenIbanez
10-03-2006, 03:30 PM
I quite enjoy doing the math myself, but this is an awesome tool to check it out with, THANKS!

brownishcoat
10-03-2006, 03:46 PM
I thought your math sounded good, too, Andee. That link is a great double-check! :heart: :heart: :heart:

CarmenIbanez
10-03-2006, 04:12 PM
Yay! I was right! I was right! Yippee!

I am a very bad girl. I never want to use the yarn they suggest. And it isn't really the price either. This pattern was a fair isle sweater, and I am not a fair isle fan, but I :heart: :heart: :heart: the shape of the sweater and wanted to do it in this really soft black I have. So Yipee!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
10-03-2006, 07:30 PM
Did you try changing your needle size to get the right gauge?? Then you wouldn'thave to do any math...

janelanespaintbrush
10-03-2006, 07:35 PM
Did you try changing your needle size to get the right gauge?? Then you wouldn'thave to do any math...

The difference is pretty big, though. If she knits that tightly, the fabric might turn out pretty stiff, don't you think?

Hildegard_von_Knittin
10-03-2006, 09:36 PM
that's true....

Instead of doing a whole buttload of math, then, just do a bit of math. how big would a diferent SIZE be with your gauge? If you like the drape of the fabric you have at your gauge, maybe a different size would fit.

janelanespaintbrush
10-04-2006, 07:00 AM
that's true....

Instead of doing a whole buttload of math, then, just do a bit of math. how big would a diferent SIZE be with your gauge? If you like the drape of the fabric you have at your gauge, maybe a different size would fit.

I think she said the smallest size would still be too big if she did that. Of course, the weird thing is, she said she enjoys doing the math... Well, I guess it's not that weird, because I used to be like that once upon a time. As a kid, there a period when I wanted to be a mathematician. And in HS, my friends were mystified at the intense satisfaction I'd get from doing calculus problems. Shoot, I was a real math-head back then. Funny how things change...

CarmenIbanez
10-04-2006, 11:29 AM
Of course, the weird thing is, she said she enjoys doing the math...

I teach computers now, but I used to teach Algebra. :happydance:

I tried different needle sizes, but the fabric was too dense. I think I found the happy medium. I am making this sweater with something relatively inexpensive I had in my stash. Caron Simply Soft, maybe? If it turns out well, I will be make a couple more. They are excellent staple sweaters.

brownishcoat
10-04-2006, 11:40 AM
I love Caron Simply Soft. It's really inexpensive, it has lots of pretty colors, and I like the shiny sheen it has.

I just bought some white and off-white to combine with a baby yarn for some Scrunchable Scarves I'm planning to make for a craft booth my aunt is organizing. The one I'm making for my mom is turning out heavenly! :happydance: