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Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 53

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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
This is the beginning of the second strip of Gina's Afghan.

Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 53

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
I think it has a nice texture.

This week, I start the second strip of Gina's Afghan and have a chat with Stefanie Japel.

Gina's Afghan, Chart 7

In this week's chart, I depart from a few of the conventions of the earlier charts. First of all, I couldn't figure out how to make the fence work for this chart, so I made the chart wider. It's the full 60 stitches wide, so you don't have to skip around as much.

That also means that it won't fit on a regular sheet of paper anymore, unless you scale it down when you print. It is designed to fit on an 11 inch by 17 inch piece of paper - in the landscape position. The good news is, if you print it scaled down to an 8.5 inch by 11 inch page, it comes out about 6 squares/inch instead of 4 squares/inch. Which, eerily, is also the general gauge for this project: 6 stitches per inch. So, we're on a 1:1 scale. I still find it very readable, but if you have trouble with the scaled version, please remember to print on larger paper.

For those of you who don't use American page sizes, I'm sorry. An A3 paper size would work very well, and might not clip off any of the information, even if you don't scale it down. An A4 paper size, which I think is the most common, would require some scaling down, and would probably cause the grid to end up around 6 squares/inch.

And, just for those of you who are geeky enough to care, but not know yet, there are 25.4 millimeters in an inch, which is how I know that an A4 page size (210 mm x 297 mm) is about the same as a "letter" American page size (8.5 inches x 11 inches).

In other news, it is 2011, people. Why don't we all use the same size paper by now? Strange.

I've also abandoned row numbers. Actually, I did that earlier, but now I'm telling you about it. I actually measure my location on a strip by the number of small twists I have made on the sides. I call them "marker" twists. They are regular and uniform, and also have the advantage of being easy to see and count. In this case, I'm letting the very first few rows of cast-on stitches count as one marker twist, so at the end of this chart, I have worked 13 marker twists out of 80 for this strip. This is noted on the bottom of the chart.

There are 320 total marker twists in the afghan, so if you are following along, at the end of chart 7, you will be about 29% finished with the project, not counting the seaming and blocking.


Stefanie Japel creates very fun, wearable designs. We chatted about her book in the works (working title: Mother Daughter Knits, due out in spring of 2012), One Skein Wonder and her online classes.