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pqpatch
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Posted - 03/21/2004 :  6:03:43 PM  Show Profile  Visit pqpatch's Homepage Send pqpatch a Private Message
Does anyone know what results from having too many stitches per inch. Will the garment turn out too big or too small. Somewhere I read this but can't find the source. And likewise if there are too few stitches per inch will it be too small or too big.

lacylaine
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Posted - 03/21/2004 :  7:03:08 PM  Show Profile Send lacylaine a Private Message
Let's do the math, which is the best way to remember. Say you're knitting a sweater back and the width is supposed to be 20" and the gauge is supposed to be 5 stitches to the inch. That means you're supposed to start with 100 stitches for the back.

If your gauge is 6 stitches to the inch, your sweater back will be 16.6" which is way too small. 100(stitches) divided by 6 = 16.6 (The front plus the back, 16.6 plus 16.6 = 33.2")

If your gauge is 4 stitches to the inch, your sweater back will be 80" which is way too wide.

Hope this helps. When I'm tired, math is the first thing to go, but this should be right.

Melanie

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." Ecclesiastes 9:10
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elizh
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Posted - 03/21/2004 :  7:10:46 PM  Show Profile Send elizh a Private Message
"Too many stitches per inch" would mean your stitches are smaller than gauge, sort of like "baby steps" compared to "regular steps". Since patterns are usually done on the basis of a stitch count ("Cast on 100 stitches") then, 100 "baby steps" would not move you as far as "regular size steps", and your garment would be SMALLER.

Conversely, you can picture of "too few stitches per inch" as "giant steps". 100 "giant steps" would move you a greater distance than "100 regular size steps" so in this case, your garment would be BIGGER.

I find it eaiser to use this kind of logic when knitting, rather than trying to memorize rules.
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pqpatch
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Posted - 03/21/2004 :  8:58:54 PM  Show Profile  Visit pqpatch's Homepage Send pqpatch a Private Message
Thanks for both replys. I'll remember as I am going to print this off and staple it in my book.
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