Yesterday Megan asked:
I have a vision of a cute cabled cami in my head that I would love to make but am kind of afraid of the cables–how do you account for the loss of width to a garment when you add cables? is there a rough guideline or is it just a guessing game? Swatching seems like it might help but I would end up having to swatch the entire width of the shirt several times, right?
Yup, you do have to swatch. But not as extensively as you think. Here’s what I did for Liam. It’s relatively painless.
I had the idea for an aran in my head. I did a rough sketch of the basic design.
Then I charted each of the cables. And then I knitted a swatch of each of them. I decided to use double moss stitch for my “filler” in between the cables, so I did a swatch of that.
Then, I measured each of my swatches. I noted the width of each of the cables plus two stitches of reverse stockinette stitch on each side of the cable. Then I measured my stitches per inch gauge on my double moss stitch. I added together the width of the three cables I used, and subtracted it from the total width I wanted for the garment. That resulting number was divided by four, as there are four moss stitch panels. The resulting number is the width in inches of each of the double moss panels. Multiply that by stitches per inch for double moss.
Presto, chango, you’ve got your aran design. Here are my numbers:
And for the ribbing, I deducted 10% from the total body stitches.
Oh, and here’s my progress on Liam. I apologize for the sucky photo.
I went to Knit Happens last night and hung out with the girls. When I got there, Kristine was out on an errand and Axel was in residence.
Do you think he was missing his mommy?
Every time someone walked past the door, Axel checked it out.
A good time was had by all, as per usual. Shelley is making great progress on a toe-up sock!
As usual, jocularity and hilarity ensued. Carol and I admired some new books.
Mommy came home muttering “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.” Can any of you tell me why?