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Old 04-21-2007, 07:28 AM   #1
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Decreasing from 56 stitches to 38 ????
I am about to put the ribbing on my first sweater sleeve.

The directions say: Decrease evenly over the next round to 38 stitches. Change to a smaller needle and work 2 1/4 ins of 1x1 rib. Bind off.

I have 56 stitches on my needles right now, is there a method of decreasing evenly throughout a row to get to the required number of stitches? I have 56 stitches on and I need to decrease to 38 before I can start my ribbing.

If someone has suggestions or knows of where on the forum I might read up on this. Thanks

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Old 04-21-2007, 08:52 AM   #2
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You have to decrease by 18 sts which is roughly 1/3, so you decrease every third stitch and that should work out.

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Old 04-21-2007, 08:55 AM   #3
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You enter your numbers in the top part, and it will calculate your decreases in the Balanced decrease section. I just found this! It's pretty cool.

http://www.thedietdiary.com/knitting...enlySpace.html
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Old 04-21-2007, 09:49 AM   #4
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In grid, thanks for that link. I think that will be much faster than working it out with pen and paper. Somehow, I always have to figure a couple of times to get it right. In most cases it may not matter if you're off a stitch or two, but I'm compulsive about it. I hope to get over that eventually.
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I always have to work it out on paper--I'm glad I found this, too.
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Old 04-22-2007, 07:10 AM   #6
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Thanks guys for the information.

Onward I go to finish my first sleeve.


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Old 04-22-2007, 09:43 AM   #7
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Ingrid, after first reading Marilynn's post, I was about to recommend The Knitting Fiend. Glad you did. I use her decrease and increase calculators all the time. It beats banging your head against the wall trying to figure it out yourself!
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