### Diagonals | Magic Formula

###### Introduction

The Magic Formula

###### Knit it Now Tools

Magic Formula Tools

Slope Tool

###### LIVE replay

Not so Magic Formula

###### Knitting Diagonals

Increasing and Decreasing Techniques

###### Stuff you should know

Things to Keep in Mind

# The Magic Formula

Even if you NEVER intend to chart your own knitting patterns, it is important to understand the basics. The Magic Formula is one of those basics that every knitter should at least be familiar withIn charting knitting patterns, we use this equation for numerous applications.

- Straight line decreasing and increasing of side seams on skirts, sleeves, slacks, and jackets
- Multiple increasing or decreasing across a single row of knitting.
- Placing darts and buttonholes
- Arranging short row increments for curves
- Determining the stitches in knitting a slanted line
- One can determine rows and/or stitches to be increased or decreased WITHIN a definite amount of space.
- Buttonhole placement, vertical or horizontal, can be situated in exactly balanced spots
- Short row operations can be determined for shoulder slants, pockets, collars, and all kinds of sideways knitting.

In plain language - when using this formula, your answers will be the most even division of one number into another.

Today, doing long division isn't necessary. Use the Knit it Now tools for all of these calculations

# Magic Formula Tools

Use the Knit it Now Tools to calculate even increases or decreases for shaping sleeves or any diagonal shaping with the Magic Formula.

Video: Magic Formula (sts/rows)

Video: Magic Formula (measure)

Video: Magic Formula (sts/rows)

Video: Magic Formula (measure)

# Slope Tool

**Magic formula:**

Increase or decrease evenly over

**more ROWS than STITCHES**

**Slope formula:**

Increase or decrease evenly over

**more STITCHES than ROWS**

The mathematical equation for shaping over more STITCHES and ROWS is not the same as the Magic Formula.

Use this tool for shoulder shaping or any time your diagonal is worked over more stitches than rows.

# Not so Magic Formula

Shaping your knitting and getting the increases and decreases JUST RIGHT can be a challenge. If you are altering a pattern or creating your own, guesswork just doesn't cut it.

Let's talk about shaping without adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing ANY numbers!

Shorten/lengthen sleeves or shaped garments, add shaped shoulders for better fit, plan triangles for interesting shapes and turning corners.

Let's talk about shaping without adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing ANY numbers!

Shorten/lengthen sleeves or shaped garments, add shaped shoulders for better fit, plan triangles for interesting shapes and turning corners.

Weekly LIVE shows and replays are available for Subscribers only.

## Links mentioned in the Show

Jodi Raymond Favorite Demo 2 (PDF) Great examples and practice with Magic Formula mathWe recommend any books by Kathleen Kinder

Diagonal Shaping DAK

Explore the convex and concave curves formed by grouping shaping instructions

Over Under Shawlette

Magic Formula Stitches and Rows

Magic Formula Inches/CM

Taper Tool

# Increasing and Decreasing Techniques

There are many ways to working diagonal shaping on the knitting machine.

From transferring stitches for increases and decreases to working short rows, every machine knitter needs to know multiple techniques.

Increase/Decrease Classroom

From transferring stitches for increases and decreases to working short rows, every machine knitter needs to know multiple techniques.

# Things to Keep in Mind

Easy knitting versus accuracy.

When knitting diagonals, we use the magic formula (Diophantine Calculation) to determine the shaping instructions.

For example. Decrease 1 stitch every 3 rows, 1 stitch every 2 rows.

Variations on these instructions can make a big difference in the shape of your diagonal shaping.

When knitting diagonals, we use the magic formula (Diophantine Calculation) to determine the shaping instructions.

For example. Decrease 1 stitch every 3 rows, 1 stitch every 2 rows.

Variations on these instructions can make a big difference in the shape of your diagonal shaping.