Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-13-2008, 12:59 PM   #1
Casting On
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 11
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Question about measuring length
I'm knitting a sweater and it has to be 14 inches before beginning decreasing. I've got the back finished but I'm still not sure how to measure so i will get the front the correct size. Do I measure with the piece stretched slightly or should I make sure it's relaxed. And do i count the stitches that are on the needle. When i measure, I always get a different measurement. What' the easiest way to make sure the pieces are uniform in length?
kuwona is offline   Reply With Quote


This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 02-13-2008, 01:03 PM   #2
Mod Squad
Ingrid's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Pleasant Valley, NY
Posts: 29,585
Thanks: 21
Thanked 2,253 Times in 1,844 Posts
I usually smooth out the piece and then lay the other piece on top of it and visually match up the edge stitches. Either that or count rows--how many V's you have up to the decreases.
"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
Ingrid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2008, 01:06 PM   #3
Knit On!
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Montana
Posts: 27,765
Thanks: 160
Thanked 6,456 Times in 6,037 Posts
Send a message via Yahoo to suzeeq
Lay it on a table and measure while relaxed. Unless you need to really block it out to get your width measurement. Count the stitches just under the neddle. The best way to make sure the pieces match in size is you make sure you have the same number of rows in each. Since you'll be seaming up the sides, the rows need to match.
sue- knitting heretic

suzeeq is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2008, 01:14 PM   #4
Grafting the Toe
MerigoldinWA's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 5,143
Thanks: 1,177
Thanked 1,835 Times in 1,738 Posts
I know it is ideal if the rows match, but my gauge is not always perfect throughout and sometimes I have more stitches on one side. You can still seam it up with a little fudging and it looks fine. Sometimes my row gauge is perfect, and I can depend on the row count. ;-)
MerigoldinWA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2008, 07:55 PM   #5
Knitting the Flap
Ellieblue's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 423
Thanks: 32
Thanked 95 Times in 80 Posts
I usually knit both front and back at the same time on a circ needle; then I do the same thing with the sleeves. Makes matching up the sides a breeze. Ellie
Ellieblue is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Measuring Question toddandleah How-to Questions 2 01-16-2012 08:06 PM
Measuring length of knitting - allow for blocking? wanderingcow How-to Questions 3 08-08-2009 10:28 AM
measuring the length of raglan sleeves heykaren How-to Questions 2 02-18-2009 10:02 AM
Measuring sleeve length help? suewoz How-to Questions 3 09-16-2008 06:34 PM
measuring length, lay work flat or hang it? MilkyMama How-to Questions 5 09-10-2007 01:10 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:01 AM.