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How many stitches do I pick up?

Posted by: Cathy (IP Logged)
Date: May 04, 2009 02:59PM

If a pattern states to pick up 1 st for each st and 2 stitches for every 3 rows, what mathmatical formula do I use to figure out how many stitches I should end up with. I'm trying to pick up stitches around an armhole which is 66 rows for the front and 66 rows for the back plus 18 sts for the under arm. I just can't figure it out, please help!


Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: May 04, 2009 05:29PM

66 rows is made up of 22 groups of 3 rows (22 x 3 = 66). If you pick-up 2 stitches for every 3 rows, you will pick-up 44 stitches over 66 rows. (22 groups of 3 times 2 = 44).

So, by my count you will pick-up 44 stitches for the back part of the sleeve, 18 for the stitches under the arm and another 44 stitches for the front part of the sleeve.

Posted by: Cathy (IP Logged)
Date: May 04, 2009 05:52PM

Thank you so much!
I will make sure I note this for future projects!

Posted by: Alex (IP Logged)
Date: May 06, 2009 01:09PM

I'll only add to this that I usually try to make my sleeve stitches conform more to the way woven fabric sleeves are set in. That is I put more of the sleeve stitches toward the very top and an extra few of those toward the upper back. If the sleeves are dropped-style this is less important, but if they sit up on the shoulder line it is very important. Otherwise the sleeve puckers out on either side and stretches across the top. For this reason, I never follow an inflexible stitch-to-row ratio.