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Monday, 8 August, 2011

Let’s say you were knitting a worsted weight striped shawl.

After finishing the stripes you move on to the border with the main color. But once you get into the border you decide you want to make some changes to the pattern and rip the whole thing out. You go down a needle size, and switch from stockinette stitch to garter stitch.

You reknit the pattern, and stop before you begin working on the border. Like before, you end with a contrast color stripe. Because you’ve gone down a needle size and switched from stockinette to garter stitch you’ve likely used less of the contrast color yarn than before, right?

How much less?

I’ll accept guesses until Friday, and will send a skein of something pretty to whoever guesses closest to the right amount.

Please post your guess in either inches or centimeters – not in yards.

30 Comments leave one →
  1. Monday, 8 August, 2011 9:24 am

    Hmmm, 7 inches

  2. Monday, 8 August, 2011 9:33 am

    5 cm. 🙂 Just a guess.

  3. Knitter Kitter permalink
    Monday, 8 August, 2011 9:49 am

    I’m going with 2 inches.

  4. JoannaCos (Rav) permalink
    Monday, 8 August, 2011 10:03 am

    Hmm. One inch.

  5. Linette permalink
    Monday, 8 August, 2011 10:10 am

    15 inches?

  6. nestra permalink
    Monday, 8 August, 2011 10:26 am

    none! (even though that doesn’t make sense, sometimes knitting defies logic!)

  7. Monday, 8 August, 2011 11:15 am

    This is funny. I’m going to go with 17″. 🙂

  8. Monday, 8 August, 2011 11:16 am

    1/4 of an inch

  9. Susan Carruth permalink
    Monday, 8 August, 2011 11:58 am

    I am going to say 1/2 inch

  10. Robin permalink
    Monday, 8 August, 2011 12:00 pm

    8 inches!

  11. Caitlin permalink
    Monday, 8 August, 2011 12:42 pm

    8 inches!

  12. Monday, 8 August, 2011 2:01 pm

    9 inches?

  13. Mom permalink
    Monday, 8 August, 2011 4:46 pm

    I do not have a guess but I miss those freckled hands…love you!

  14. Deb in PA permalink
    Monday, 8 August, 2011 5:29 pm

    I’ll guess 3 inches.

    This is fun!

  15. Monday, 8 August, 2011 8:27 pm

    I will say 1 and 3/4 in. Its gonna be some crazy number like 1/8 in. isn’t it?

  16. Monday, 8 August, 2011 8:43 pm

    2.5 inces

  17. Monday, 8 August, 2011 8:59 pm

    I always thought garter stitch used more yarn than stockinette. I think even if you went down a needle size you’d be looking at very little yarn saved. I’m guessing… 3″

  18. Kerry permalink
    Monday, 8 August, 2011 11:17 pm

    My guess is 4.5 inches. Can’t wait to see the shawl!

  19. Tuesday, 9 August, 2011 7:05 am

    Okay, I am going to say 7/8″.

  20. Karen permalink
    Tuesday, 9 August, 2011 8:23 am

    Fun pop quiz! If I were knitting it, I’m sure I’d end up with something in the negative numbers. For now, I’ll guess 0. I don’t think you will have anything left over if you knitted it to the same dimensions as before. Zero. That’s my final answer 🙂

  21. april permalink
    Tuesday, 9 August, 2011 4:09 pm

    I’ll guess 14 inches

  22. Wednesday, 10 August, 2011 1:00 am

    My guess, 3 inches…ILove reading your knitting blog.

  23. Knitmomma permalink
    Wednesday, 10 August, 2011 3:51 am

    13 inches

  24. Christine permalink
    Wednesday, 10 August, 2011 11:08 am

    Three angry inches!

  25. Wednesday, 10 August, 2011 5:14 pm

    Well, knitting with smaller needles is denser, so less yarn. But garter is the same number of stitches as stockinette; it just “reads” differently. So…um…I have no clue. Five inches!

  26. Wednesday, 10 August, 2011 5:16 pm

    I will say 10 inches

  27. Wednesday, 10 August, 2011 5:33 pm

    My guess is 1.5 cm. And your Mom’s comment was sweeeet! 🙂

  28. Wednesday, 10 August, 2011 6:16 pm

    3.3378 inches

  29. Wednesday, 10 August, 2011 8:53 pm

    12 inches.

  30. jodi permalink
    Thursday, 11 August, 2011 1:27 pm

    4.5 inches.

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