Kniity Tips

Posted: April 8, 2011 in Crafty Me, Uncategorized

Ever stumbled across the perfect pattern for an item you simply *must* knit, but haven’t had the right yarn or needles, or been able to obtain the correct gauge? Or had some beautiful yarn that you *need* to use for a certain item, but you can’t find a pattern you like to suit the yarn? Maybe this post can help 🙂

**DISLAIMER: I cannot take credit for the following information. It is not MY information, it is something I have access to over in a group on Ravelry. I do not know the original source, but would LOVE it if someone out there does,and can let me know so I can reference it 🙂 As it is, I have copied and pasted directly, so as not to muck it up.


Enjoy, and happy knitting xx


Aunty Sharyn’s Calculator for Increasing/Decreasing Size

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: Your yarn; your needles; pattern you 
are using; ruler not tape measure; calculator and pen & paper. 
This can be used for any knitting pattern whether by hand or 
machine and any yarn …. how to convert stitches and rows 
from someone else’s pattern to YOUR gauge or for when 
you want to use a different sized needle or yarn to that stated 
in a pattern …..
Make a gauge swatch ie. test knitting square with your yarn. 
Measure it to calculate your stitches and rows for your yarn, 
needles and tension. ie how many stitches & rows to 2.5 cms / 1 inch. 
Use a ruler not a tape measure as they stretch over time and will 
not give an accurate reading. 
It is also a good idea to take measurements both before and 

after washing so that you are aware of any shrinkage or 
growth factors … especially when using cotton yarns. 
Many yarns can change after washing/drying so it is better 
to have the “surprise” with the test square than with your 
finished garment 
1. Divide your stitch gauge by the pattern’s stitch gauge for 

the “stitch ratio”. 
2. Divide your row gauge by the pattern’s row gauge for 

the “row ratio”. 
3. Multiply the number of stitches and rows in the pattern 

by the stitch and row ratio to find the number of stitches and 
rows you are going to need.
EXAMPLE: 
Original pattern gauge states ….. 5 sts and 8 rows to 1 inch 

2.5 cms Your gauge is …. 7 sts and 10 rows to 1 inch. 
Pattern says to cast on 80 sts and knit 90 rows. 
Stitch ratio = 7 sts yours divide by 5 sts pattern = 1.4 

Row ratio = 10 rows yours divide by 8 rows pattern = 1.25 
Therefore you will need to cast on 112 sts and work 113 rows for 
the same pattern. How???? …. 

1. 4 stitch ratio x 80 sts pattern = 112 sts 
2. 25 row ratio x 90 rows pattern = 113 rows 
You can use this method to convert the rest of the pattern for 

any increases or decreases and it can be used for any pattern. 
Just “plug-in” your numbers and away you go. 
Gotta love that calculator
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