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ccucinot
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Posted - 05/14/2011 :  08:02:15 AM  Show Profile Send ccucinot a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi:

I have a pattern that I want to use ribbing instead of the stockinet stitch..Since the ribbing is very strechy (like an accordian)..how do I convert the sts per inch gauge to work when I am using ribbing instead of normal stitch?

I got this pattern at the Spring Fling in Peru, Indiana. There were no sts per inch suggested..the designer did say the pattern worked best in a rib knit (it is done in sideways knitting) or a pattern design that was the same on both sides. I have the measures I need for the garment to fit me. But, I am not sure how to approach the ribbing sts/rows per inch gauge. Thank you!

Carmel

ccucinot
New Pal

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Posted - 05/16/2011 :  05:05:51 AM  Show Profile Send ccucinot a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ok..seems no one can help me...perhaps I did not make my question clear.
Example..if a pattern calls for 18 sts per inch and 20 rows per inch..should I keep this gage when ribbing..OR..should I perhaps double the gauge to 36 sts per inch and 40 rows per inch in order to get the 'relaxed fit' and not have the garment 'stretch' out as ribbing does. Please someone help...thank you so very much.

Carmel
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ValerieG
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Posted - 05/20/2011 :  6:54:31 PM  Show Profile Send ValerieG a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Depends on how close you want it to fit. When I was skinny I'd wear ribbed tops with negative ease. Now I want them looser.
Also finer yarns can have less ease.
I'd probably go with what the swatch actually is without stretching it and figure from there. (Lay it out. Do NOT stretch. Measure.)
I would not double the stitch count. Even in rib that could be really big.
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