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ok, i feel silly for asking this, but how do i count the rows for a swatch requiring garter stitch? it looks so jumbled, and i can't quit figure it out.<br><br>
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One ridge = 2 rows. I you used a long tail, don't count the purl bumps at the bottom on the RS as a row.<br><br>
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i did use long tail. thanks for that helpful tidbit, nausicaamom. ok, is a 'ridge' considered one of the bumps in the pair of bumps? am i making sense here? i'm talking about how there will be two bumps stacked like bricks, a small gap, more bumps, small gap, etc.
 

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count the two bumps stacked like bricks as one ridge = two rows<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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you guys are great! thanks so much! i just want to make sure i have this right...<br><br>
two bumps = two rows<br>
the gaps don't make a row.<br>
all i have to do is count the bumps.<br><br>
that's like, the easiest row counting ever!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">you guys are great! thanks so much! i just want to make sure i have this right...<br><br>
two bumps = two rows<br>
the gaps don't make a row.<br>
all i have to do is count the bumps.<br><br>
that's like, the easiest row counting ever!</div>
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err.. i think that would give you a count of the rows on one side only.<br><br>
for whatever side you're looking at, the "bump" row represents knit stitches you made while the other side was facing you,and the gaps represent the knit stitches you made while looking at the side you are counting from. So "bump+gap" = 2 rows... or you can just count the bumps and multiply by 2 as already suggested <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Ignore me if this is what you already figured... I may have just misread your post. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">err.. i think that would give you a count of the rows on one side only.<br><br>
for whatever side you're looking at, the "bump" row represents knit stitches you made while the other side was facing you,and the gaps represent the knit stitches you made while looking at the side you are counting from. So "bump+gap" = 2 rows... or you can just count the bumps and multiply by 2 as already suggested <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Ignore me if this is what you already figured... I may have just misread your post. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"></div>
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thanks for clarifying. hopefully i get it now. one last time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/fingersx.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="fingersx">:<br><br>
if looking at it from one side, then....<br>
ridge = 2 rows<br>
gap = 2 rows<br><br>
so if i count the ridges only (and multipy that number by two), and then multiply that number by two, i'll have the correct number of rows.<br><br>
this is what i get for using small needles and dark blue yarn. *sigh*
 

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Count the horizontal ridges. Multiply by 2. That is the number of rows. Do not count the gaps.<br><br>
Each horizontal ridge will have two interlocking rows of bumps - like you said, sort of like bricks laid on top of each other. That's the two rows that each ridge is made up of.
 

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yay! i get it! i'm dancing for joy and no longer feel like this: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"><br><br>
i guess it's time to finally give knitty's mickey pattern a try. i am soooooooo forever grateful to you wonderful ladies for your time and especially, your patience.
 

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Don't feel bad about being confused... the more you knit, the more it will make sense. If you watch what happens to a row as you knit (I mean a knit stitch, not purl), you'll see that you're making the "gap" on top and the "bump" on the bottom of your work. It took me FOREVER to figure that out... I could barely tell how many stitches were on my needle. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It gets much easier with experience. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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