If you have a schematic for a cardigan that reads for a finished width of [S]50cm; [M]55cm; [L]60cm and the recommended gauge is 24 stitches over 10cm what do you have?
I don't know. I was knitting along on my Kauni...la la la, la. Checking my gauge periodically as I'm knitting along...la la la, la. I knit to a length that had some oomph to it. I hold it up and it looks rather small[ish].
"Oh, it'll block out no probs. My gauge is bang on." says I. So, I keep knitting along...la la la, la.
Until this morning, when I decided after only one cup of coffee, to do some math.
I know. I don't know what I was thinking, either.
This is what I came up with.
The medium size schematic for the Kauni gives you a finished width measurement of 55cm. I want to note that I did my math to come up with a circumference size.
When I did my math [and this is where I'll need your help, cause I just ain't into math] this is what I came up with.
242 stitches + 11 increase stitches = 253 stitches.
24 stitches over 10 cm = gauge.
253 divided by 24 = 10.541
10cm multiplied by 10.541 = 105.41cm or 41.5 inch circumference.
The pattern has the measurement at 55cm. Or, 55cm x 2 = 110cm or 43.30 inches.
This is a difference of 1.8 inches in circumference.
When you take into account the steeks and because when I knit the button bands they will overlap, I'll be losing another 3cm.
As Minnie would say, "Oiy!"
When I did the math for the large, I got a circumference of 45.43 inches, not the 60cm x 2 = 120cm or 47.24 inches stated in the pattern.
My bodacious bust measures 41". If this was a pullover, I wouldn't be concerned. Since this is a cardi and I don't want puckering...
Guess what is going to happen to this?
Can we say it together?
Edit: See, I can't blog on two cups of coffee. I just want to add that the centre 13 stitches are for the steek. So, I'm still losing.
Edit #2: Oh geez, I just noticed I took a pic of the back. Figures. Need another cup of coffee.
Keep On Knitting...
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