Monday, June 05, 2006
Adapting the kimono pattern for a different gauge
Is there some sort of equation out there in the knitting world that I don't know of, or is this trial and error (VERY well acquainted with that, thankyouverymuch). Can anyone recommend a resource or book I might find the answer in?
40 stitches divided by 5 stitches to the inch = 8 inches
With your yarn at four stitches to the inch, you would cast on 32 stitches to measure eight inches across the back of your kimono.
4 stitches/inch times 8 inches = 32 stitches
If you follow the pattern as written, with the bigger gauge, your kimono will measure 10" across
4 stitches/inch times 10 inches = 40 stitches.
It's basic algebra--who knew this is what they meant when they said it would come in useful someday!
You should do a gauge swatch of at least 20 stitches and rows if you want to decide exactly how to proceed, based on how big you want your kimono to turn out. You can always try different needle sizes to try and reach the same 5/inch gauge that the pattern is written for.
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