See a Design Tension Patch 1 was Used to Make.

Tension (SH and SW)

Example 1

Find SH and SW for garter stitch done with double knit yarn on 3mm needles.

garter stich tension patch

Cast on 20 stitches with given yarn and needles. Work 30 rows, and cast off.

The width of the resulting tension patch was measured as 73mm. 20 stitches were cast on.

SW = 73mm ÷ 20 = 3.7mm

The height of the patch was measured as 57mm. 30 rows were worked in addition to the cast on and cast off row.

SH = 57mm ÷ 32 = 1.8mm

Example 2

Find SH and SW for lattice stitch done with double knit yarn on 4mm needles.

latice stich tension patch

According to the instructions this type of Lattice stitch is worked in multiples of 6 + 1. The extra "+1" stitch is added on to each line to make the pattern symetrical. It would be more accurate to leave the extra stitch out of our tension patch but then again it would be more work to re-write the pattern and any difference made to SW will be tiny. The extra stich is staying in.

Cast on 19 stitches with given yarn and needles. Work 18 rows (3 repeats) of the following pattern, and cast off.

  1. Row 1: k1, [k2, p1, k3] x 3
  2. Row 2: p1, [p1, k1, p1, k1, p2] x 3
  3. Row 3: k1, [p1, k3, p1, k1] x 3
  4. Row 4: k1, [p5, k1] x 3
  5. Row 5: as row 3
  6. Row 6: as row 2

The width of the resulting tension patch was measured as 86mm. 19 stitches were cast on.

SW = 86mm ÷ 19 = 4.5mm

The height of the patch was measured as 55mm. 18 rows were worked in addition to the cast on and cast off row.

SH = 55mm ÷ 20 = 2.7mm