I am trying to knit a little girl’s jumper and I am having trouble with one part of the pattern. I have the skirt part knitted and I am in the process of decreasing for the bodice. The directions in the pattern are as follows “K4, p to last 4 sts, decreasing 54 sts evenly spaced across, end k4 - 82 sts.” When I began the jumper I cast on 136 stitches. The problem that I am having is decreasing 54 stitches evenly spaced. I can’t seem to get them spaced right. Is there an easy way to do this? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
I think decreasing every 2 sts is about as even across as you’re going to get. I did the math (136= sts you began with, 8= number of stitches in border; 4 on each end) - 136-8=128 (the number of sts you’re decreasing across) 128/54=2.37
Here is a site that has a stitch decrease calculator. I think we all obsess a little too much about having decreases exactly even. I haven’t taken the time to figure it out and didn’t try your numbers at the calulator, but you will probably need to k1, k2tog, k2, k2tog or k3, k2tog or something once in a while to get it to come out as even as possible. With that big a number to decrease it is a little harder to just eyeball it and put them in. The calculator is good to know about.
Here’s the formula for even decreasing across a row:
___ (total amount of stitches) / (divided by) _____ (total decreases) = ________ (stitches between decreases)
d= total decreases
s = stitches between decreases
so it would look like this for the formula
In your case, subtract the edge stitches from the total amount of stitches. You won’t get an even number but round up or down to the nearest whole number. I calculated and it would be @ every third stitch.:figureditout: