November 29, 2004
I have a pattern I love, but want to use a yarn with a different gauge. What's a girl to do? Nona, my friend, use the gauge multiplier.
Remember, nona loves numbers so she thinks the gauge multiplier is really fun. Here is how it works. The first step is to make a gauge swatch -- if you're a knitter who refuses to make gauge swatches, then this technique is not for you. Using your gauge swatch, measure your stitch and row gauge. Next, for the pattern you wish to use, find the pattern's stitch and row gauge. On to a bit of easy math, don't worry you can use a calculator -- nona does. Calculate the stitch multiplier by dividing your stitch gauge by the pattern's stitch gauge. Similarly, calculate the row multiplier by dividing your row gauge by the pattern's row gauge. Finally, convert to pattern by multipling all stitch numbers by the stitch multiplier and all row numbers by the row multiplier.
Let's look at an example. I loved making the Eastern European Footlets from the winter 2003 issue of Interweave Knits, but wanted to make my next pair using Rowan Chunky Print. My stitch gauge using the Chunky Print is 12 stitches in 4 inches as compared to the pattern's stitch gauge of 28 stitches in 4 inches. Divide 12 (my stitch gauge) by 28 (pattern's stitch gauge) to get .43, the stitch multiplier. Using this stitch multiplier, convert the pattern. Here is the beginning of the original pattern:
...CO 29 sts. Work short rows as follows ... until there are 11 sts between yarnovers...
Each of the stitch numbers, 29 and 11, need to be multiplied by the stitch multiplier, .43. This results in the following converted pattern:
...CO 13 sts. Work short rows as follows ... until there are 5 sts between yarnovers...
This pattern did not have any row numbers (all lengths were specified in inches), so I didn't need the row multiplier. It's as easy as that. And here's the result, of course nona couldn't resist felting them and giving them to nona-niece...
Nona: you are a goddess. I've been head scratching for two days now trying to figure out how to make my dead-on stitch gauge and several-sitch-off row gauge work for a particular sweater pattern.
Oh math. I want to love you... I see how I could love you, but, no.
Posted by: Audrey | Dec 12, 2005 4:49:16 PM
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