Replace edge section advice

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1. Measure the stitches per 10cm in your existing fabric. This is your old st/10cm.

2. Look up your old st/10cm figure in the chart below. Follow the arrows to see what your transition options are.

3. Choose a type of transition from the options available to you.

  • With decrease transitions, the new fabric will be chunkier than the old.
  • With increase transitions, the new fabric will be finer than the old.
  • With 1:1 transitions, the new fabric will be the same gauge as the old.

 

If you are knitting a 1 step decrease or 1 step increase transition

4. You need to follow one of the 'knit off' step-by-step instructions (rather than the knit separately version).

5. Calculate the 'new gauge range' for your new fabric. This makes sure that you pick a yarn and needle that is viable for the treatment you've chosen. You can find the calculation on the gauge change tool page, but it's easier to use the interactive version which does all the calculations for you, available to download on the same page.

6. Choose a structure for the new fabric you'll be knitting after the transition. Stocking stitch is easiest, but you might want to consider an alternative.

7. Choose a yarn you'd like to knit with, considering that it needs to knit up within the gauge range that you have identified.

8. Choose a needle size to match your yarn. Either:

  • use the size suggested on the yarn ball band, or
  • use the yarn/needle tool to help you, or
  • guess (based on your previous knitting experience)

9. Find the stitches per 10cm for your new fabric. Either:

  • use the st/10cm figure suggested on the ball band, or
  • use the yarn/needle tool to help you, or
  • knit a tension sample (especially if you are knitting a structure other than stocking stitch)

This is your new st/10cm.

10. Calculate your multiplier. 

new st/10cm ÷ old st/10cm = multiplier

11. Look up your multiplier in the relevant page of the knit off spacing table (available on the gauge change tool page).

Find the number in the multiplier column that is closest to your multiplier. Look across and note the ratio and spacing options for your multiplier - there will be 2 or 3 possible spacing options depending on whether you are doing 1 step decrease or 1 step increase.

12. If you use the interactive spacing table, you can see the new st/10cm for the multiplier you've chosen in the table. It might be a little different to the figure you had worked out or sampled in step 9. If so, consider going up or down one needle size to tweak your gauge to this replacement figure.

13. Choose a transition pattern suitable for your selected transition from the replace edge section patterns, available via the treatment page.

For example, if you've chosen to work a 1 step decrease transition, you'll be choosing from the plain or slip (2tog) decrease patterns or the slip (3tog) decrease patterns. (Note: if your existing fabric is fine (40-60 st/10cm), a plain (2tog) transition is recommended.)

If you've chosen to work a 1 step increase transition, you'll be choosing an increase pattern.

14. Look at your selected pattern and work out how to adapt it for your ratio/spacing option. You will be varying how many stitches fall between the decreases or increases.

15. Knit your transition and continue into your selected fabric structure.

 

If you are knitting a 2 step decrease transition

4. You need to follow one of the 'knit off' skeletons (rather than the knit separately version).

More advice on this coming soon

 

If you are knitting a 1:1 transition

4. You have the choice of whether to follow one of the 'knit off' skeletons, or the knit separately version (where you knit up and graft the piece on).

More advice on this coming soon