That’s where I am today - four pages of calculations plus charts - and that’s part of why I’m not getting much in the way of actual knitting done.
It can all be traced back to two events. One, way back in 2007, I knit up the “Man’s Turtleneck” for my guy in Brown’s Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted. That sweater (from the Fall 2006 Knit Simple Magazine) turned out to be the go-to sweater. It fits perfectly, and has just the right style. If there is an issue, it’s that it is so super-thick and wooly, that it can only be worn when the highs are in the teens. That is event “A”.
Event “B” is the annual sidewalk sale at my LYS when my guy found a large bag of James C. Brett Marble and asked me to knit another version of his favorite sweater in this fiber.
|A comparative study of how the fabric looks knitted in the specified pattern gauge (bottom) or a much smaller gauge (top).|
A good friend of mine suggested I pick up a copy of Stitch ' n Bitch Nation, by Debbie Stoller (c) 1993. Stoller begins the book with a very good description of how to adjust patterns and change yarn - and how to adjust sweater patterns to different gauges.
Through this process, I came up with a stitch ratio, and a row ratio. Then I can begin my pattern adjustments.
Stitch ratio = my stitch gauge / the pattern’s stitch gauge, or 1.83
Row ratio = my row gauge / the pattern’s row gauge, or 2
If the original cast on was 79, how many stitches do I cast on at the new gauge?
79 x 1.83 = 144.57, or rounded up = 145. (And yes, as I was writing this post, I noticed a huge error that effects a ton of subsequent calculations. Excel to the rescue, and please add two more pages to the calculations!)
The really crazy part came in with the cabling, because I had more stitches across the fabric panels than originally, and each stitch was narrower. So I would need to widen each cable cord to give it the same massing as the original. Since the stitch ratio is an un-even 1.83 which is decidedly impossible to reproduce accurately, I opted to round down and err on the side of thinness, in turn giving more breathing room in the reverse stockinette.
The foundation work is now done, and the knit bag is set aside with proper needle, yarn, and all appropriate instructions. Good project for working on beside the fireplace this winter!