My least favorite part of making a bottom-up sweater is when I get to the end of the ribbing and the instructions say, “Increase X number of stitches evenly across the row.” How many stitches do I put in between the increase stitches?! Much as I love knitting, I am not a whiz at math. Luckily, Debbie Stoller provides the arithmetic in Stitch ’n Bitch. The math works as follows.
- Add 1 to the number of stitches you are supposed to increase
- Divide the stitches on your needle by that number
- I have 10 stitches on my needle
- The instructions read, “Increase by 4 stitches distributed evenly over the row.”
- Add 1 to 4. The result is 5.
- Divide 10 by 5. The result is 2.
- (Work 2 stitches, inc 1) 4 times, work 2 stitches
However, sometimes I cannot do even that simple math. Or I forget the formula. Or the result isn’t an even number. What’s a knitter to do?! I decided to build this little app to solve the problem.
Note: The plus sign indicates the increase stitch.
My deep gratitude goes to G, who helped me figure out how to do this. Thank you, G!