Maths and Knitting: Cable Bangle using Gauge (with pattern)

Maths and Knitting: Cable Bangle using Gauge (with pattern)

Gauge is one of those things that seems to frighten many beginner knitters and experienced knitters do all the maths without even thinking about it. I have to admit that I rarely knit a tension square before starting a project but as I get better at knitting I am starting to create my own designs. If you know the finished dimensions and you want to creat a pattern a tension square is vital.  I created this cable bangle from some bangles bought in a charity shop and some bargain 4 ply bought in an end of line sale. The wool I used was 4 ply but if you follow the method you can use any wool and any bangle and end up with something beautiful.

knitted cable bangle


knitted cable bangle

Bangle Cover Method:

After knitting a very small tension square of 10 stitches by ten rows, divide the width of the square by 10 and the length of the square by ten. I used 4 ply yarn with 3mm needles.

I got 3.4cm/10 = 0.34cm per stitch

3cm/10 = 0.3cm per row

The bangle needed to be covered by a rectangle 5.3cm wide by 25.5cm long.

5.3/0.34 =15.58 which rounds to 16 stitches wide

25/0.3 = 83.33333 which I rounded up rather than down to account for the seams to 84 rows long.

I decided to work the cable over the middle 6 stitches every sixth row. I started cabling on row 5 and then continued on row 11, 17, 23 etc.

Although the bangle cover worked, to improve it I would ass a seam allowance of 1 stitch on each side and an extra row at each end. This would be 18 stitches and 86 rows.

Can you create a bangle cover in a different weight yarn? Or on different needles?

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