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knitchick2
« on: July 15, 2007 01:49:42 PM »

Does anyone know if there is a formula or a general rule of thumb for how much a cable will pull in a garment?
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spaghetti
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2007 02:07:00 PM »

As far as I know, there's not -- when I've subbed cables in or out of a pattern, I've just had to knit swatches and adjust the number of stitches based on that.  Good luck!
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amyb444
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2007 07:14:48 PM »

There is a formula in Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Knitting, but I don't own a copy (I just got mine from the library). It's something like it pulls in 1/6th of a stitch for every so many stitches, or something weird like that. Sorry I can't help more!
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Ameythestlily
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2007 07:20:02 PM »

All I know is that when working a 5.25" square the cable (8 stitch) will shrink it by 1/4" so maybe its like 1/8" for every 4 stitches (or 1/16 for every stitch, ok so that's exactly what amyb444 said)
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knitchick2
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2007 04:20:15 PM »

Thanks, guys!  I know I should swatch, but it would take just as much effort to start the sweater, since I'm knitting a top-down turtleneck.  I just needed a starting point.   Wink
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knitchick2
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2007 05:01:34 PM »

P.S. Anyone know what gauge was used in those estimations?
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Ameythestlily
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2007 06:00:06 PM »

well mine was 4.5 stitches (in a row) and 6 rows = 1"
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« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2007 10:13:20 AM »

I did exactly this - knit a top down turtleneck raglan sweater with a big cable down the front.  Here's a picture of it in progress:

I used Merino Chunky -- size 10.5 needles.  I did end up starting it, getting a couple repeats down the cable and realizing that the back was growing faster than the front.  Then I measured, ripped out and cast on again adding extra stitches in the front to compensate for the pull of the cable.  I wrote it down - it's somewhere at home but if you'd like me to search it out for you I'd be happy to.  I meant to put the pattern on my blog but never got around to it.
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knitchick2
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2007 03:19:14 PM »

I'm using the same cable panel on both the back and the front, so it's just a matter of making sure I add enough extra stitches so that I don't choke myself.  Tongue

I've attempted some fancy math, converting inches to percentages, and I think I've figured out how many additional stitches to cast on, using Amethystlily's numbers.  But any additional advice would be great!
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