Originally Posted by robynbird
I swatched last night using US8 Knit Picks Options. The pattern calls for 17 st x 24 rows = 4 inches. I got 17st x 27 rows = 4 inches. Hmmm.... I'm ok with this because I want it longer anyway.
According to the measurement of a cardigan I like the fit of, I need to make a 50" so I thought I would cast on for the 48" using a larger needle than I got gauge on - like a US9 - what do you think? I guess I should swatch with that huh?
OK - I've been doing calculations. If I make the 48" at current gauge for the back I would cast on 110 divided by 17 = 6.47 times 4" = 25.88" for the back. The cardigan I have that I measured measures 25" for the back. So I am thinking the extra .88" will give me a bit of added ease so CPH will fit fine. So, I am thinking I should cast on for the size 48" using US 8 which I get gauge of 17 st x 27 row = 4". This will give me the added length too.
Does any of this makes sense?????
Remember, you will get an extra .44" for both FRONTS, too.
That will, altogether, add almost 2" for the total circumference of the jacket.
So, if you need a 50" jacket, using the current needle (US8) should be fine.
Don't worry about the row gauge. You will be instructed to begin your armhole shaping when the jacket BACK and FRONTS reach "xx" inches anyways. Just knit til it is the prescribed length. If you want to add length, this is the area to do it: BEFORE the armhole cast offs.
Knit on Good Woman!!