Using a pattern stitch to design your own project is easier than you might think. Simply Make A Sample Swatch of your favorite pattern stitch, Determine The Gauge of the swatch, then follow two simple equations to plan your project.
1. Make A Swatch. Once you've selected a pattern stitch, choose a yarn you like and use the recommended needle size given on the label. Read the section explaining Multiples (see below), then cast on enough stitches to make a 4" or larger swatch. Knit until the swatch is square.
2. Determine The Gauge. If you like your pattern stitch swatch, it's time to measure the gauge. Lay the swatch, wrong side up, on a flat, smooth surface. Measure the number of stitches per inch to determine the Stitch Gauge. Measure the number of rows per inch to determine the Row Gauge.
3.Plan The Project. To plan your project, you only need four magic numbers, two simple equations, and a calculator.
Important: You may have to slightly adjust the number of cast on stitches to match the multiple of your pattern stitch.
Important: you may also work to a specified length - just be sure to finish the row repeat.
Equation #2: How Many Rows To Knit
45"(length of finished project) X 6(Row Gauge of swatch)
= 270 (Number of Rows to Knit)
- To make an 8" wide X 45" long scarf in your selected pattern stitch, you'll need to cast on 36 stitches and knit 270 rows.
That's all there is to it!