Thursday, 5 May 2011

For Phil- My Tension Square

This blog is inspired by Phil's question on my previous post regarding tension.
Well, the hand knitted pattern stated that the tension required to knit this jacket is 12 sts and 16 rows to 10cm (4in) over stocking stitch.
I knit a tension square on my chunky machine at Tension with 20 sts and 20 rows.  Then I got a tape measure and measured the number of stitches and rows needed for 10 cm.  The yarn is chunky, so these were easily counted and I discovered that I needed 14sts for 10cm and 20 rows for 10 cm. So, now I had to convert the pattern.
For every 12 sts in the pattern, I need to knit 14 sts on my machine, so when the pattern says cast on 57 sts, I divide this by 12 and multiply by 14 - so I need to cast on 69 sts.
The same goes for the rows - for every 16 rows in the pattern, I need to knit 20 rows on my machine.

I converted the pattern this way throughout and to make it easier for myself - I draw out diagrams of  the basic pattern shape and write down the sts, rows, increases, decreases etc. Hopefully this will help.

That's the theory, so hopefully it will fit when I sew it together.

1 comment:

Phil said...

Wow thanks for this Andrea - its really helped. I may be able to try and do some of my own "converting" now. Thanks for the tip :-)