08-16-2006, 09:05 PM #1 knitmonster Ribbing the Cuff   Join Date: Feb 2006 Location: Jeffersonville, New York Posts: 42 Thanks: 0 Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post Math... ug...HELP! Ok, I need help checking my math here... I'm knitting a simple hat - basically, it's cast on 56 stitches, knit for 9.5 inches, decrease (k6 ktog). But I'm not using the same yarn/needle combo. So I made a gauge square... my first! I hate checking gauge - I know I should just embrace it, but it just seems like a waste of time and yarn. Anyway... so the pattern's gauge is 4stiches=1inch. My gauge is 20stitches=1inch... So... I should cast on 280 (gasp!) rather then the 56 the pattern calls for, right? Also, will my decreasing stay the same... can I still wait until 9.5 inches of the hat is done and then start the decreasing? Or is this hat going to be so massive that I have to start decreasing right away. I'm not really sure why I'm making this so hard on myself... the hat is going to match a scarf I just finished so I want to use the same yarn, and the needles are just the good ones I like. Please help!

 08-16-2006, 09:46 PM #2 Renoah 1st Leg of the Journey     Join Date: Apr 2006 Location: roaming the world with Sarah Jane Posts: 125 Thanks: 5 Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts 20 stitches to the inch? That's awfully tiny. What yarn and needle size are you using? (Are you sure you're not doing wraps per inch, or maybe you have 20 stitches over 4 inches or something? And if you just finished the scarf with the same yarn and needles, couldn't you just have checked the gauge on the scarf?) Otherwise, your math looks right to me- I believe you should be able to start the decreases in the same place, because even though you're doing more decreases, each decrease will take off less width, so it should all work out. __________________ "There is no such thing as an ordinary human." -The Doctor The UnSTABLE Knitter
 08-16-2006, 11:57 PM #3 Ingrid Moderator Mod Squad     Join Date: Jun 2005 Location: Pleasant Valley, NY Posts: 29,585 Thanks: 21 Thanked 2,254 Times in 1,845 Posts 20 stitches per inch? Are you knitting with lace weight on tiny needles? I think the most per inch I've ever knit is 8 per inch--fingering weight on size 3. __________________ "Trust the pattern!" Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana. Hop aboard while we follow the cloud-covered van of knitting harmony, man!! Woooo!! --Hedgehog IngridKH on Ravelry
 08-17-2006, 09:06 AM #4 brownishcoat Grafting the Toe     Join Date: Apr 2006 Location: SE Texas (Houston metro area - Southeast) Posts: 6,269 Thanks: 18 Thanked 39 Times in 37 Posts If the yarn IS that tiny, it could be doubled and increasing about 4-5 needle sizes would put you closer to the ballpark. __________________ Lisa Visit my LiveJournal blog and my flickr. ->"You say tomato, I say pimp." --Michael Westen, Burn Notice<-

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