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Re: patterns - adjusting based on formula
Posted by: craftsman (IP Logged)
Date: January 09, 2009 09:58PM

One advantage of knowing the pattern formula is you can more easily adjust the pattern if you wanted to make a different size of the item.

Example: Suppose the original pattern is a SHAWL based on a multiple of 8 sts + 3, and worked on 51 sts. That is, you would have 6 sections of 8 sts, plus 3 extra sts:
... multiple of 8 * [ 6 ] = [_ 48 _]
... [_ 48 _] +3 = 51 sts total

You want to use this pattern to make a SCARF approx half the width of the original shawl. You can use the pattern formula to help you figure out how many sts to use for your modified size.

Since the original has 6 sections and you want approx half of that, you decide to work 3 sections. Using the pattern formula, you would have
... multiple of 8 * [ 3 ] = [_ 24 _]
... [_ 24 _] +3 = 27 sts total

Notice that although your finished width will be approx half the original, the number of stitches is NOT half the original number (27 is not half of 51), but is correct for the pattern stitch to work.

Of course, you will need to recognize which instructions pertain to the "multiple of 8" and which pertain to the "plus 3". This is not always obvious from what is written.

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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