The flat Cal in the picture has, by my count, 26 ribs. Each of those consists of two columns of stitches.
26 x 2 = 52. Good job.
There are also two columns in each of the lowered sections.
52 x 2 = 104.
If I'm doing this right, not even the Cal in the picture is made to the pattern. It has a hundred and four CO, not the posted one hundred and twenty.
It is also not the one on the model's head, which has green in it.
That's my take on it. Correct my calculations if need be.
I was actually wondering about this myself but I am not so good with the numbers
. I'm glad you did it
Does anyone know if Knitty has people test the pattern before they publish it?
I love that they empasize the need to get the correct guage which is "20 sts / 22 rows = 4 inches in 2x2 Rib, lightly stretched". "Lightly stretched" is open to interpretation. They really should include a guage in plain stockinette for better accuracy. That's my opinion, though I am a guage rebel!