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Pick up calculator

Posted by: srfwidow (IP Logged)
Date: June 22, 2009 11:56PM


I have been working on my afghan for a year now and I'm so close to done! To complete the edges the pattern instructs me to pick up 247 stitches along the sides. But I have 304 rows. (284 rows plus 10 on top and 10 on bottom). Is there a right way to figure out which rows to skip?

I thought I had done a search on here and someone posted a calculator, but I can't find it again.


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/22/2009 11:56PM by srfwidow.


Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: June 23, 2009 09:42AM

Unless your edging has a particular stitch pattern where count is important, many times you can get by with picking up as many, or as few stitches, as you need to make the edging look good. For my cast on and bind-off ends, I try to pick-up one for one since I basically have stitches on top of stitches. For my rows, if it is garter stitch, I pick up one stitch for every 2 rows (or 1 stitch per ridge) and if the edge is stockinette, I generally pick-up 2 stitches for every 3 rows.

If I have a stitch pattern with a particular count for my edging, I might pick-up all my stitches first, and then work a row where I decrease or increase to get the number of stitches I need for the stitch pattern.

Posted by: Alex (IP Logged)
Date: June 24, 2009 08:29PM

This is the calculator site (if it's still there), should you want to bookmark it.


Posted by: srfwidow (IP Logged)
Date: June 24, 2009 10:37PM

Very interesting, not an exact science! Yes, that link still works and I think I figured out a pattern for it:

To go from 304 to 247 I can:
K5 skip 1 9 times
K4 skip 1 38 times
K5 skip 1 9 times
That's 247! It's not exactly what the calculator said, but it got me started.

You guys are so amazing! Thank you!

Posted by: Mother Hen (IP Logged)
Date: June 25, 2009 07:24AM

Oh My !!
I do like it when there is a creative idea that has been there all the time ,> and the poster sees it come to the surface !
Know what I mean ?

I , many times go to ask a question and then I figure it out after a time of wondering !

I see this in many of the Craft groups that share with me.

Best to you on this project .

Mother Hen <><
" Creating Is A God Thing "