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Mar 14, 2016 23:37:29   #
Vwjoan
 
How do I know if I will get the correct amount of measurement when pattern tells me 19 stitches and 28 rows - 4" after blocking?
 
Mar 15, 2016 00:06:28   #
BC
 
You can work it out using math: 19 stitches = 4", your pattern calls for a CO of 100 stitches so 100 divided by 19 = x groups of 4" and 100 divided by 19 = 5.263 or 5.26" times 4 = 21.04" for the width of the back. If the cast on for the front is the same, the width of the sweater would be 42.08". Or you can just trust the pattern.
Mar 15, 2016 09:04:30   #
Vwjoan
 
Thank you for your very prompt reply. This pattern is for a mans sweater which is totally cabled front and back. My gauge piece in stockinet stitch measures perfectly what they are asking for after blocking 19 Stitches x 28 rows. I have been knitting for 70 years and have never run into this before. Of course, the yarns we used then did not call for this blocking. I am using Galway 100% wool. Thanks again for your help.
Mar 16, 2016 01:23:22   #
BC
 
I find it interesting that they called for the swatch to be knitted in SS when the pattern has a lot of cables. Sometimes they will call for a swatch in SS and one knitted from a section of the cable charts.
Mar 16, 2016 04:52:24   #
salmonmac
 
Sometimes it helps to start by knitting a sleeve rather than the back of the sweater. It's smaller and assuming it also has the cable pattern, it'll give you a good idea of gauge in pattern stitch.
Mar 16, 2016 08:33:20   #
RoxyCatlady
 
BC wrote:
I find it interesting that they called for the swatch to be knitted in SS when the pattern has a lot of cables. Sometimes they will call for a swatch in SS and one knitted from a section of the cable charts.


Actually, a lot of patterns give a stocking stitch gauge, instead of "in pattern" - some cable patterns may need a higher stitch count than a "typical" swatch, or a longer row repeat; or the pattern uses more than one style cable or other stitch patterns. So, the gauge test is done in stocking stitch - if you can match that, then you should be able to complete the sweater with the variety of cable and background texture patterns that it likely uses.
 
Mar 16, 2016 22:28:01   #
Vwjoan
 
Thanks again for the replies. I have decided to trust the pattern and suggested size of needles. So far just working as pattern reads,I am getting the correct measurements without the need for blocking. Thanks again.
 
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