Please make sure to click My Profile link at the top and scroll down to Custom View Settings.

Why Would You Ever Want to Pay For Knitting and Crochet Patterns or Lessons When You Can Get All That for Free?

Read this:

Read this:

If you are a beginner, intermediate, advanced, or a professional knitter, then the benefits of signing up for our free weekly knitting e-mail newsletter are:

• We cover hand knitting, machine knitting, and crochet.

• Each week you'll be receiving new tips and techniques.

• Daily, you'll be receiving a knitting message board digest with the **latest knitting pictures, discussions and patterns**.

• If you ever have a question or need help, you can always ask, and we'll cover your question in the following newsletter issue.

• Discover the **fastest way to knit** (and to crochet) a sock... while keeping the perfect heel and making sure the sock fits (not many knitters know this).

• Find out how to figure out **how much yarn you need** for a pattern if the pattern doesn't specify it (works for any project, a real life-saver sometimes).

• Learn how to **pick up a dropped stitch**, even from several rows below. It happens to absolutely everyone at some point. But don't worry, there exists a really simple fix.

• And if you ever run out of yarn, find out how to **join any yarn** in the middle of any project.

• If you can't **find the pattern that you need**, or if you don't know which pattern would be most appropriate for a specific project, then you can ask our other users to help you figure it out. We even have a dedicated "Pattern Requests" section on our website that's all about finding new patterns.

• The same goes for any problems and questions about specific techniques. We have experienced users who are always helping those in need with just the right advice.

• And of course, as I said it's all **completely FREE**!

• Let me repeat that. Since for some reason a lot of people contact us asking if the membership is really free: we are a social website for knitters and crocheters, so we don't sell anything, and we don't charge any fees. It's as simple as that.

Enter your name and e-mail address below, and you'll be instantly added to our knitting mailing list distribution. Right away, you'll get access to more knitting-related material (pictures, patterns, tips) than contained in all knitting books and magazines you could ever buy. And you'll get all that for free.

You'll be able to talk and share ideas with more knitters than you could meet if you attended all the largest trade shows. And you'll be able to do all that without leaving your house!

**Don't delay! Join the best knitting and crochet community on the Internet.**

It's FREE, and you'll receive my first e-mail right away. Also, you'll get instant access to the most recent topics on our knitting forum: hundreds of great tips from other knitters.

(A new newsletter issue is released each week. So if you don't sign up now, you'll miss this week's digest.)

Calculate Circle

Apr 16, 2013 17:41:13 #

I would like to create a circle with short rows and am trying to come up with the math. I have a gauge. I have diameter, radius and circumference (thanks to pi). Shouldn't I be able to multiply the row count (since a circle goes around in 'rows') by the radius and come out with the desired circumference? Thus far this has not happened-always larger. When I looked in Regine Faust's knit course she gave directions for gore measurement but that is a little different. She also set up a task with a gauge and row count to create a tam but I could not decipher her math-maybe she subtracted neg. ease but it is not stated. I am finding generators but I would like to know the process. I am thinking about trying the difference between 1/4 of the circumference and the radius multiplied by the row count next.

Apr 17, 2013 09:52:13 #

gracefulknits wrote: I would like to create a circle with short rows an... (

Hmm, I know that pi times diameter equals circumference, and that radius is half of diameter. I'm not sure what math equation to use for determining a knitting pattern, though. This is the way I would try it, though:

For a test, I would cast-on 20 stitches with scrap and ravel cord; then knit one row with working yarn. I would short row down, one stitch less each row, so that I would end up with a pie-shaped wedge. Then, take off with scrap yarn and let it rest.

I would then measure the wide edge. I'm using arbitrary numbers here, but let's say it measures 2 inches. I want the circumference of my circle to be 40 inches. 40 divided by 2 equals 20. My reasoning is that I would have to short row 20 wedges to complete the circle I want.

That's the way my brain works it out. I don't know if it is correct, but I would try it that way with a test piece and see if it works.

Apr 17, 2013 11:43:51 #

Apr 17, 2013 12:07:41 #

I am going to use the Diophantine Equation and see how that works. I am going on the assumption that I would cast on stitches equal to the radius and then equate the row count to the size of section (wedge) I desire as well as the number of sections I require. It makes perfect sense when I talk it! Yup-I should be able to use the above formula. Thanks again for the brain jolt-you made me think "wedge"! I will let you know.

Apr 17, 2013 13:52:10 #

Apr 17, 2013 14:31:50 #

Hello

I don't really understand what you are trying to calculate, but:-

the following shapings using Holding Position [Partial Knitting] will automatically form a circle in stocking stitch.

1 st every alternate row 5 panels.

1 st every row or 2 sts every alternate row 10 panels

4 sts every alternate row 20 panels.

8 sts every alternate row 40 panels.

The measurement of the number of stitches knitting, will,be the diameter.

The number of rows on the longest edge will be the circumference.

I hope this helps.

This and many other things are explained clearly in my booklet called 100 Ways With Holding Position.

I don't really understand what you are trying to calculate, but:-

the following shapings using Holding Position [Partial Knitting] will automatically form a circle in stocking stitch.

1 st every alternate row 5 panels.

1 st every row or 2 sts every alternate row 10 panels

4 sts every alternate row 20 panels.

8 sts every alternate row 40 panels.

The measurement of the number of stitches knitting, will,be the diameter.

The number of rows on the longest edge will be the circumference.

I hope this helps.

This and many other things are explained clearly in my booklet called 100 Ways With Holding Position.

Apr 17, 2013 15:12:11 #

Happy Birthday to Me! This does help.

I want to be in control of the numbers :) and want to be able grade up or down with any yarn just using numbers. For instance, let's say I want to create a circle shape to fit in a specific part of a bodice for a fitted top and I need that circle to be exactly 6" in diameter. I want to be able to just work the numbers and have that happen. I can make circles I just want them to be the size I dictate around the circumference. Your outline should help ALOT!

I want to be in control of the numbers :) and want to be able grade up or down with any yarn just using numbers. For instance, let's say I want to create a circle shape to fit in a specific part of a bodice for a fitted top and I need that circle to be exactly 6" in diameter. I want to be able to just work the numbers and have that happen. I can make circles I just want them to be the size I dictate around the circumference. Your outline should help ALOT!

Apr 17, 2013 16:53:42 #

Hello

When I need to do this type of calculation, I have found this hat calculator useful

http://www.thedietdiary.com/knittingfiend/tools/knittingHat.html

Hope it helps

Best wishes

Val

When I need to do this type of calculation, I have found this hat calculator useful

http://www.thedietdiary.com/knittingfiend/tools/knittingHat.html

Hope it helps

Best wishes

Val

Apr 17, 2013 17:19:59 #

gracefulknits wrote:

GROAN.........no go with the formula we call Magic.

I always do circles with short rows 1at a time or two at a time and I always get a circle. Don't task your brain. Below see the Mexican rainbow shawl in pastel colours. You should have 6 segments in a circle. It only needs six segments for half a circle

Circle segments

Apr 17, 2013 17:58:40 #

Apr 18, 2013 01:49:59 #

Maryknits513
(a regular here)

Teena Crawshaw taught a class on circle knitting at Spring Fling this past weekend. I sat in the class, and sort of blanked out at all the math. Of course, it was the first class after lunch. ;). I have a great handout, if I can figure out how to do it on my own!

Teena wrote some patterns on circle knitting. You could probably get them thru The Knit Knack Shop in Peru In.

Teena wrote some patterns on circle knitting. You could probably get them thru The Knit Knack Shop in Peru In.

Apr 18, 2013 01:56:24 #

ann-other-knitter wrote:

I always do circles with short rows 1at a time or two at a time and I always get a circle. Don't task your brain. Below see the Mexican rainbow shawl in pastel colours. You should have 6 segments in a circle. It only needs six segments for half a circle

That is fantastic - how did you do it?

Apr 18, 2013 12:51:34 #

That is just LOVELY! Yup-I know how to do circles. My problem is that I will need to be able to make the circle the exact size I need for the garment I am constructing. I get the impression I will have to just make a batch of circles and note the numbers.

Apr 18, 2013 12:52:45 #

Apr 18, 2013 12:59:01 #

Hi Val! I have seen that calculator and that is exactly the point I bring up. How were those numbers generated? I have Excell which means if I knew the formula I could have a better understanding of how to get exactly what I want. The funny thing is I am not a "mathy" person! And yet I am obsessed with this.

In truth I am amazed at how many versions there are of making circles. It has been a lot of fun!

In truth I am amazed at how many versions there are of making circles. It has been a lot of fun!