Math for Knitters

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Math for Knitters

May 21, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm


Instructor:  Eunice Williams

Demystify knitting math. Math can be fun!!

Gain the skills to handle any pattern, from shopping for yarn, to being able to read, follow and decipher the instructions. Designed to help you conquer the tricky number problems in knitting, how to use a bit of simple arithmetic to help you confidently make yarn substitutions, to track your progress in a pattern, and to handle challenging instructions like “at the same time” and “increase evenly across”. Learn everything you need to know to figure out all those tricky math issues you encounter in your knitting! We’ll also discuss clever tricks such as using a digital kitchen scale to help you use up your yarn stash, and to calculate how long you’ll need to finish up a project.

Materials: Students should bring paper, pencil, and a calculator (and a digital scale if you have one)

you’ll learn:

  • How to make sure you have enough yarn for your project
  • Substituting yarns; why it’s important to know whether the pattern needs 200 m or 200 yds of yarn
  • Gauge !?!?!
  • How to decode and easily follow instructions like increase each end of every 6th row 5 times then every 8th row twice and then every foll alt row
  • How to handle all those pesky math problems in your pattern, like increasing stitches evenly across your pattern, or reversing shaping
  • What it means when a pattern says it needs 12 sts plus 1
  • How to figure out if you’ll get the project done in time for the baby shower, birthday, etc!


May 21, 2016
10:30 am - 12:30 pm