Famous lurker Karen , who can knit circles around me, was admiring my striped mitts. She says she cannot get this effect. So I began to formulate a few numbers and a plan .
I decided, ahem, Math was never my strong suit, to figure this out for her.
#1 Karen could buy the exact same yarn . (Studio sock from Neighbor Hood Fiber Company.)
#2 If she can knit stockinette in the round at 6 its/inch and 9rows per inch, she SHOULD get the stripes I got.
#3 Still with me? Of course, she has to cast on 48 stitches for this to work as well. So She could cast on 48 stitches for a fingerless mitt, a mitten, Baby leggings….or a very small kitten tube sweater…..
#4 To be even more certain Karen could get the same stripes in her knitting, I got out the tape measure. Measure twice cut once. Nah. You don’t cut at all really.
I measured the inches between color changes in my yarn . IT changed every 162 inches or so.
Picture me making Fireman help me with the measuring and Fezzik whacking away at the yarn. I do things for my friends.
So am I right? If Karen buys the same yarn, knits at the same gauge and measures her color changes before she knits, she should get the same stripes.
OH! Karen asked, how do I know how long the color changes are when it is in the skein? YOU GOT ME. But, I know she has stashed yarn that is wound up and she can see if any of them have a similar color dyes that measure 162 inches per change.
Get that tape measure out Karen and let us know how often your colors change. That’s your homework.
I Don’t see any flaws in my logic. I needed a big diversion the day Karen asked me how I got such nice stripes. This was fun to figure out and I wanted to share it with you.
Okay, any other questions? Kim?
“are you using Striped Yarn when you Knit with the Knitters Hunk? Because My gauge might vary then…”
Answer: yes Kim. And on a side note. I don’t approve of John Stamos’ Geico commercial that includes him knitting a scarf. You get extra credit if you know why the commercial is inaccurate. You get DOUBLE extra points if your mate knew there was something wrong with it to, even If they weren’t sure exactly why.
“Yes, Nancy?” “In Wyoming, our schools had very strong Math curriculums. You need math when you sew as many quilts as I do! This was easy. But, my question is, what if I dye my own yarn? How do I make sure my color changes are the same size.
Me: Nancy , my answer would be a complete crap shoot. But If anyone out there can help Nancy, please do so and share with the rest of us.
Excuse me……Meredith…Teresa (whispering to each other) ……do you have something to share with the rest of the class?
Teresa: “Yes I do! Meredith and I would like to know why you left out crochet in this lesson? You always are talking knitting. “
ME: Well , Ladies if you would like to explain this to the rest of us so that crochet will stripe nicely, I will give you time next class to teach us. Thank you. Let’s stop the chit chat please.
(JK. I had to poke some fuN)