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When a knitting stitch says "multiple of + add extra" what does that mean?? ?

March 8th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Knitting Stitches

I am looking at a pattern and trying to figure how many stitches to cast on.. confused when the pattern says "multiples + extra"

The pattern takes the multiples; the second border takes the + extra.

For example, I’m working a cable pattern that takes a border of 2 sts in garter, p2, cable over 8, p2 for a total of 14 sts. If I make the item 1 pattern wide, or 14 sts, I still have to add 2 sts at the end of the row for the matching garter stitch border.

If I make it 2 patterns wide, it’s 14 for the first pattern, 14 for the second pattern, plus 2 stitches for the ending garter stitch border or a total of 30 sts. Three patterns wide, 14 + 14 + 14 + 2 = 44.

Every time, no matter how many pattern repeats, I have to add those border stitches to the end.

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  • 1 Miz T // Mar 8, 2010 at

    The pattern takes the multiples; the second border takes the + extra.

    For example, I’m working a cable pattern that takes a border of 2 sts in garter, p2, cable over 8, p2 for a total of 14 sts. If I make the item 1 pattern wide, or 14 sts, I still have to add 2 sts at the end of the row for the matching garter stitch border.

    If I make it 2 patterns wide, it’s 14 for the first pattern, 14 for the second pattern, plus 2 stitches for the ending garter stitch border or a total of 30 sts. Three patterns wide, 14 + 14 + 14 + 2 = 44.

    Every time, no matter how many pattern repeats, I have to add those border stitches to the end.
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  • 2 Pam D // Mar 8, 2010 at

    The above answer is correct.

    Your pattern should tell you the tension gauge of say 22 stitches over 4 inches.

    If your pattern says to work in multiples of (say 10) + extra 2 (1 stitch for each end), then you can see that in this example, your end result will be 4 inches wide. So you now have to figure out how wide you want your item to be.

    If you want it 6 inches wide, you would add another 10 stitches only as you have been told to work in multiples of (10), so total stitches on the needle would be 32. If you want it 8 inches wide, you again add another 10 extra stitches and would have a total of 42 stitches on your needle. Your result may be a tiny fraction less than the 8 inches wide, but not by much.

    Hope this helps. Good luck.
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  • 3 hairbender // Mar 8, 2010 at

    These answers are correct. The "multiple" is the stitches that you can repeat as many times as necessary for you, and "+ extra" is to balance off the pattern so it is finished.

    For example, a rib of 2 knit and 2 purl (written as 2/2 rib, or K2, P2) would be 4 stitches. And you can do these as many times as you wanted… that is the "multiple" that is in the instructions. You always have that group (K2, P2) or 4 stitches multiplied as many times as you want… but to finish the pattern, and to balance the look of it, you would end it the same as it was started, in this case, K2. So the directions would read: multiple of 4 + 2 stitches. That means you can cast on 4 x (any number) plus 2 stitches to get the total. And it would work out just perfectly for a 2/2 rib!
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