Can you make a Gauge-free sweater Math-free too? No gauge swatch needed and no calculator?
What if throughout a sweater you only had8 to refer to one number, call this the primary number. Then you might need 2 times that number and then later, half that number. Does that count as doing math? You can do it in your head. No calculator needed.
I seem to be drawn to what I call Magic Numbers. It happens without me knowing it. When I wrote the Need A Hat book by Cabin Fever, it became clear, very quickly, that the entire book is based on the number 8. It’s one of my favourites. The idea for the book came when I was giving a talk about knitting hats. You take someone into a yarn store to choose yarn and they immediately go to a colour they love. Now you have to find a pattern for that yarn weight and size and with a style the recipient would like. What if we wrote a book where every hat could be worked in any weight of yarn? That got it started.
Now I’m working on this Gauge-Free cardigan idea, Build a V, without stitch gauge numbers in it at all.
The entire sweater is based on one number. That number is the number of Ridges it takes to make the Beginning Triangle for the Back of Neck measurement. It’s a different number for everyone.
I called this measurement D, for the only reason that it’s the 4th thing you do in the cardigan.
So now we have ‘D’ number of Ridges. For my little person cardigan in worsted weight yarn, ‘D’ = 6 Ridges. That number ‘6’ is going to be used over and over in the making of this sweater.
Make the Fronts ‘D’ number of ridges shorter than the Back. You got it, 6 Ridges shorter.
That makes two more pieces of the puzzle that is this cardigan.
Now join it up to make a half a sweater. Pick up & knit along the sides of the Front. For the shoulder, which is going to link up the Front and Back, Cast On 2 x ‘D’ number of stitches. Pick up & knit along the Back. There it is again, that Magic Number: if ‘D’= 6 Ridges then 2 x ‘D’= 12 sts for the side of the neck opening.
Now knit for the width I want.
Half the cardigan is done. YAY. Build a V cardigan is now published.
Thanks for reading,
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2 thoughts on “No Math and Gauge-freedom”
You are sooooo clever Deb. Can this same concept be applied to stocking stitch?
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I think it could be. Something to try soon.