With regard to my blathering about aran gauge yesterday, celtic knitter commented:
Ok, but wait . . . I’m missing something. If the different types of stitch patterns all swatch differently, do you have to add or subtract stitches when you move to a new pattern. For example, if the trinity stitch is 5sts=4″ and the stockinette is 7sts=4″ . . . then do you have to add more stitches when you go to trinity stitch so that the pattern looks even?? Am I making sense?
I’m thinking about making one of these sweaters and I’ve been wondering about this.
Clearly I wasn’t very clear yesterday, was I? Sorry about that! It made perfect sense inside my head . . .
I knit a swatch of each of my different stitch patterns. For the big cable, I actually knitted a swatch with the smaller cables flanking it, and measured across that. Say that measures 6 inches across and say that it’s a total of 40 stitches.
I knit a swatch of Trinity Stitch, I get 16 stitches to 3 inches in Trinity Stitch.
I knit a swatch of Seed Stitch. I get 5 stitches/inch in Seed Stitch.
So. I want a center panel of 6 inches of Trinity Stitch, flanked by my big cable with accompanying side cables on either side. That’s a total of 18 inches across. Say I want a sweater that has a chest measurement of 40 inches. I want the front to be a tad more than 20 inches (allowing for seams), so I add 6 stitches worth of Seed Stitch on each side of the sweater — that’s a tad more than an inch on each side.
So my pattern goes:
A bit more than an inch of Seed Stitch (which is 6 stitches), 6 inches of cable extravaganza (which is 40 stitches), 6 inches of Trinity Stitch (which is 32 stitches), 6 inches of cable extravaganza (which is 40 stitches), and a bit more than an inch of Seed Stitch (which is 6 stitches).
(Don’t count on these numbers to be accurate for Dungarvan — I’m just making them up here for the purposes of illustration).
So if I can add properly, that’s a total of 124 stitches across the front of the sweater for the pattern stitches.
So. Anyhow. Here’s the left front:
Would you get that damned camera outta my face? Sheesh!