Thousands of Ways to Show You Care

The Blob is done, but am waiting for an opportunity to take the final modeled FO shots!

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One last step before that: how to maximize mileage from hand knit gifts. After all, such gifts are best given sandwiched between a bit of emotional leverage on one hand and dire threats to the recipient if anything happens to the sweater on the other. I’m sure you can handle the threats – this post is about really enhancing the potency of emotional leverage via…

… Stitch Counts!

Simply put, add up stitch counts in each section of the sweater and stitch a reminder of the total somewhere on the sweater. I’ll demonstrate the first section to get you started.

1. Sleeve
a) Cuff = 78sts x 18rows = 1404
b) Straight section = 78sts x 17 rows = 1326
c) Increase section (2 sts increased every 5th row 25 times)
= 80sts x  5 rows + 82sts x 5 rows +  … + 128sts x 5 rows
= 5[80 + 82 + 84 + … + 128]
= 5[80 + 80+2  + 80+4 + … +80+48]
= 5[80×25 + 2+4+…+48]
= 5[2000 + 2(1+2+3+…+24)]

Now substitute the simple summation formula (basically, to add a series of numbers starting from 1 and going to A in increments of one, you multiply A and A+1, and divide the product by 2; so for example, 1+2+3+4+5 = 5×6/2 = 15):

= 5[2000 + 2x(24×25/2)]
= 5[2000 +600]
= 5 x 2600
= 13000
d) Straight section = 130sts x 23 rows = 2990

Adding subtotals a) through d), one sleeve = 18,720
Total of 2 sleeves = 37,440

Working this process for each section I got:
2. Body = 74,572
3. Yoke = 54,818
4. Neck ribbing = 3,240.

Adding 1 through 4, the grand total is:

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Which means I pulled a tiny loop through another, with a tiny needle, at least one hundred seventy thousand and seventy times while making this sweater! Actually more, since I had to reduce the sleeves at the end. If those unravelled bits were added then the stitch count would be even higher.

Can’t let anyone forget that, can I?!

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10 thoughts on “Thousands of Ways to Show You Care

  1. WHOA! Yes, shouting. That is brilliant. I have just the ribbing to do on a vest for my husband, and I will now shortly be figuring out the stitches. In fact, I think I may go back and figure out the last two sweaters I gave him. This is the best gift tip I’ve seen all year. And, you knit beautifully. A beautifully smooth stockinette is not really the easiest thing.

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