Gauge ga-ga

If you havn’t been able to read any of my post this week it might be because your screen is dirty? Here is a free screen wash to help you out!

Ok, that’s better.

But if you still are not able to read this weeks posts it’s because I didn’t feel like writing at all – since I have been a littel down this week. A mulitcolor swatch in whoolI krashed my car last weekend, and it now resides in car heaven. No animals or humans were hurt in the krash, but to have a car, or not to, is now a big question that we have to deal with, and it’s just so boring. I’d rather just knit.

Tomorrow is the big start date of our knit-a-very-long-sock-knitalong (my first ever knitalong), and I have been a good girl. Bought the yarn, knitted a swatch in all six colors and waiting to cast on utnil tomorrow morning!

But the swatch that according to the pattern is 20 sts x 36 rows wich would become a swatch of 4 inches (4×2,54=10,16), that is 10 cm. But my swath is a sad 9×11 centimeters on 3 mm needles! Not good I guess?

Cassie in NY (with a very nice blog) is doing her math and recalculating the pattern, but I don’t know how!
Shoes for springI’m going to have to start and see I guess.

Oh, and I bought a pair of shoes, who will now await a pair of long socks and spring time!
Are they not the cutest shoes ever? Snow, go away! Ice, melt away, let me use my grey spring shoes and knit in the sun.

Cross your fingers folks, here we go!

3 Responses

  1. Sorry to hear about your crash/accident and that screen cleaner is too funny.
    See, questions like that you need to raise at the KAL blog, as there are 20 people ready to answer questions like that.
    The math is pretty simple. But first, is your swatch 9x11cm in blocked or unblocked state? If unblocked, don’t worry. In any case, what youd need to figure out is this:
    if 20 st = 9cm then you knit at (20:9=) 2.22 st per cm.
    so if you need to knit something that’s, let’s say 33cm wide, you would have to cast on (33×2.22=) 73 st. If you were ‘on gauge’, the pattern would tell you to cast on 66 st.
    With regards to row hight, i.e. you getting 11cm with 36 rows instead of 10cm – it’s not as crucial, because you can measure as you go. So if the pattern says knit 36 rows and we know that is 10cm, then you knit for 10cm without counting the rows. In any case, your row gauge is
    36r:11=3.27rows, instead of 3.6 rows; which means that for 10cm in height, you would knit 33rows.
    See, it’s simple math.
    Please post questions like these, if they concern sock making, on the KAL site, that’s what its for!
    I cannot wait to get started and those shoes are going to be GREAT with the socks!

  2. i feel your pain about the car situation. i did the same thing a few months ago! totally wrecked the car which never made it back from the shop and when last heard of was sitting at “skroten” in v?ster?s. poor little car.
    and now i have to decide if to get a new car and if so, which one. its been a drama – mostly because i’m making it into one. but i defintitely need a car and soon, but can’t quite bring myself to making the committment. it feels BIG.
    let me know what you decide – maybe i can become inspired by you?
    and yes – the shoes are the cutest!

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