SOS Short Rows! The needles and yarn are back in circulation!

Hello again everyone.

I dove back into my needle and yarn collection a couple months ago with some projects behind me now. Feel free to check them out on my Instagram: @fitterknitter

I need help and couldn't think of a better group to ask. I want to scale this bandana cowl down (There is also a photo attached)

Their gauge is 16 st 6 rows = 4" bulky yarn US 10 needles

The neck measurement is 12" i'd like the cowl to be 14 -16" circumference so that it drapes a little after blocking.
With the scale down it seems like worsted weight yarn with size8 needles right off the bat is the right fit. Does this seem correct?

As for the rest, can anyone help me figure out the formula including short rows to scale down to the measurement and gauge I want?

Feels good to be back in the throw of things!!! Hope everyone's been well!


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Bill's picture

I think you have to just swatch with your worsted weight yarn, see if the size 8 needle gives you a fabric you like... then knit however many stitches you need to get the 14-16 inches you want.

kiwiknitter's picture

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Tallguy's picture

If you want to scale something down (or up for that matter), you will just need to cast on enough stitches to make it 14-16" in circumference. I don't know how many that will be because that depends on YOUR gauge. So you have to do a swatch... there goes that dirty word again! But once you know that, you can determine how many to cast on to make it any size YOU want with the yarn and needles YOU have. My cast on, of course, would be a little different because I don't knit at the same gauge you do.

As for the short rows, you will have to determine how much of a difference YOU want, and then calculate how many rows would be needed to achieve that. Again, depending on yarn and tension, your number of rows will be different than mine. Then you can determine how many extra rows are needed, and how you want to disperse them in the piece. This opens up a whole wide spectrum of design possibilities -- we each would produce something slightly different, and yet based on the same design -- and all would be correct, if we got what we wanted. That's the beauty of handknitting!!