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Re: patterns?
Posted by: Alex (IP Logged)
Date: January 09, 2009 02:07PM

The multiple is the number of stitches that have to be repeated across the row to form a pattern. The "plus" number are the extra stitches needed to make the pattern symmetrical.

Take a pattern such as the following with each symbol (o, \, and /) equal to one stitch:


(16 stitches: a multiple of 3st plus 1)

Without the "plus" stitch, only working the multiple would result in this pattern:


and it would not be symmetrical.

So the plus stitches are only worked at the beginning and/or end of a section or row. They are ignored when repeating the multiple in the middle of the pattern repeat.

An example of the stitch count of a four-pattern repeat of 8st plus 3 would be 51 stitches (4x8 plus 3).

Of course, when working in the round, since one repeat leads directly into the next, the plus stitches are ignored.

Subject Written By Posted
  patterns? cc 01/09/2009 10:45AM
  Re: patterns? clover04750 01/09/2009 01:08PM
  Re: patterns? Alex 01/09/2009 02:07PM
  Re: patterns - adjusting based on formula craftsman 01/09/2009 09:58PM

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