01-13-2014, 11:36 PM #1 ABC's Mom Knitting the Flap   Join Date: Apr 2011 Location: Jenison, Michigan Posts: 287 Thanks: 109 Thanked 68 Times in 64 Posts Math problem OK all you very talented knitters out there. I am knitting a dress for my DGD for her birthday in February and need help in figuring out how many stitches to decrease to get the bodice the size it needs to be. The pattern is Plymouth #1565. My problem started with the fact that the pattern was meant for the Baby Bunny yarn by Plymouth. That yarn was discontinued so I got the closest yarn my LYS had in weight and content. No matter what I did I couldn't get gauge. Soooo under the advice of my mentor at my LYS I cast on the number of stitches that was called for in the next larger size. Long story short the transition from skirt to bodice is to K2tog all the way around the skirt then start the bodice. The bodice is pretty straight forward knit in stockinet and only shaped for the armholes. If I am knitting at 6 stitches per inch(instead of the 5 the pattern calls for), have 208 stitches, and need to decrease to get a bodice of at least 20 inches around(21 would be better) what do I need to change the decrease ratio to? Math has never been my strong suit so don't know what to divide into what to get the correct end result. Thanks in advance.
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 01-13-2014, 11:49 PM #2 GrumpyGramma Grafting the Toe     Join Date: Jul 2011 Posts: 7,570 Thanks: 1,958 Thanked 3,098 Times in 2,608 Posts 208 - (6 x 21) = 82 You need to decrease out 82 sts. 208/82 = 2.5 My answer: Your decreases have to be less than every 3 sts but more often than every 2 sts. How to space them? Divide it into 4ths. 82/4 = 20.5 Take out 20 in each quarter. I think this time it's figuring out how often to skip a decrease. I hate story problems. I had to give it a try. Someone else can give you a real answer. I kind of want to see if my method is anywhere near what's needed. __________________ ~ GG Happiness is catching that dropped stitch while it's still fixable..
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 01-14-2014, 06:18 AM #3 salmonmac Moderator Mod Squad   Join Date: Dec 2010 Location: Maryland Posts: 8,425 Thanks: 624 Thanked 3,388 Times in 3,069 Posts That's the way I see it too. You can divide the knitting into fourths every 52 sts. Decrease 20sts over the first set of 52sts, 21sts over the second and repeat. That should get you to 21inches. http://www.yarn.com/product/webs-kni...toddler-dress/ Sweet dress! __________________ Knitting Help Videos Here!-
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 01-14-2014, 08:27 AM #4 ABC's Mom Knitting the Flap   Join Date: Apr 2011 Location: Jenison, Michigan Posts: 287 Thanks: 109 Thanked 68 Times in 64 Posts I couldn't resist the pattern even though they didn't have yarn that went with it. I got the pattern at a different store than my regular LYS. I'm using Maya by Berroco in a coral for the contrasting color and a light turquois for the dress.
 01-14-2014, 02:16 PM #5 GrumpyGramma Grafting the Toe     Join Date: Jul 2011 Posts: 7,570 Thanks: 1,958 Thanked 3,098 Times in 2,608 Posts It's a darling dress. I hope she doesn't outgrow it right away. Kids do that sometimes. __________________ ~ GG Happiness is catching that dropped stitch while it's still fixable..
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 01-14-2014, 08:41 PM #6 ABC's Mom Knitting the Flap   Join Date: Apr 2011 Location: Jenison, Michigan Posts: 287 Thanks: 109 Thanked 68 Times in 64 Posts That's why I'm making the bodice a little bigger. Measured 2 dresses at Christmas that fit her well with a long sleeve t under the dress and they were 20 inches exactly. So going with 21 inches so she can wear it with a t this spring then without one this summer. She's a little shorty so not worried about the length.
 01-14-2014, 08:44 PM #7 GrumpyGramma Grafting the Toe     Join Date: Jul 2011 Posts: 7,570 Thanks: 1,958 Thanked 3,098 Times in 2,608 Posts If you have extra yarn hang on to it so you can make it longer later on. She probably won't get much bigger around for a while but man oh man can they get taller fast! My 13 year old grandson is at a stage where they just about need a 2nd mortgage to keep him in britches. He's a skinny guy and every time I see him he's a little taller and looks that much skinnier. __________________ ~ GG Happiness is catching that dropped stitch while it's still fixable..
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 01-15-2014, 09:48 PM #8 ABC's Mom Knitting the Flap   Join Date: Apr 2011 Location: Jenison, Michigan Posts: 287 Thanks: 109 Thanked 68 Times in 64 Posts Yeah, I remember my cousins when they were growing and my poor aunt trying to not only keep them clothed but fed as well. Since she's only going on 2 I don't expect her to grow that fast for awhile yet. The skirt part of the dress is pretty long so she should be fine for awhile yet.

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