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« on: July 03, 2004 02:00:50 PM »

I was wondering if anyone knew how to knit a wristband with size seven needles instead of size five. I started knitting with size 7 and im halfway through and it looks as if i finish it it would be double what a wristband looks like. Does that make sense? Anyway, does anyone know how you modify the instructions so that I don't have to go out and buy size 5 needles, or should I just go out and buy them anyway? Oh by the way I'm working on the "geek" wristband.
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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2004 07:12:51 PM »

your guage is just bigger than what it says. here's where you'll be pulling out your math skills that you'd thought you'd never use. first, make a guage swatch. write it down.

now lets say that the book says the guage should be 21 sts/ 23 rows = 4". your guage comes out to 17 sts/ 19 rows = 4".

if the book says to cast on 100. do this:

100sts * 4" = 400
400/21 = 19"
this is the total inches.  now:

19" * 17 = 323
323 / 4 = 80
80 sts is what you cast on.

it's the same formula if you are trying to figure out how many rows you should knit. if it's too confusing, just note me.
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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2004 08:06:15 PM »

Uhhhh...... maybe I'm having a blonde moment, but I don't get it. In a way I do, but then I don't. Can you explain it any diffrently? Thanks
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2004 10:50:40 AM »

yeah, i know it's a toughy. sorry. i'll give you a formula that you can plug the numbers into. here we go.

look at the original gauge in the book. i don't have my book, so i'm making up.

21 sts = 4"
19 rows = 4"

now let's say you gauge is this

17 sts = 4"
15 rows = 4"

now let's say you want to calculate how many stitches to cast on. the book says co 50 sts. so...

(50 sts * 4")/21 sts = 9.5"

9.5" is how wide the wrist band should be. so now you need to figure out how many to cast on with your gauge.

(9.5" * 17sts)/4" = 40.5 sts

it comes out to 40.5, but just round it up or down depending on the pattern for your product. i think this one has the 2*2 ribbing, so it would need to be rounded down to 40.

use the same thing for the rows. here's a formula

orginal gauge: 21 sts / 19 rows = 4"
your gauge: 17 sts / 15 rows = 4"

original gauge: a / b = 4"
your gauge: c / d = 4"
sts required in original pattern: e
rows required in original pattern: f

figure out sts in your gauge:
(e * 4)/a = total inches (t)
(t * c)/4 = sts in your gauge

figure out rows in your gauge:
(f * 4)/b = total inches (t)
(t * d)/4 = rows in your gauge

did this help?
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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2004 07:14:57 PM »

Yea it does. I'm much better with formulas than with just numbers and trying to figure it out. Thanks! Happy 4th!
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