How to Add a Cable Panel
Step 1: Measure your gauge over stockinette stitch. Step 2: Measure your gauge over the cable panel to find the total width of the cable panel. Step 3: Calculate the number of stockinette stitches that will result in the same width as the cable panel. Step 4: From the total stitch count for the garment piece, subtract the number of stitches that would equal the width of the cable panel if they were worked in stockinette; then add back in the number of stitches used in the cable panel. Example: a) Stockinette stitch gauge: 24 sts =
4 inches, or 6 sts per inch. b) 46-st Cable panel = 71/4 inches. c) 71/4 inches worked in stockinette stitch: 6 sts per inch (in our example) x 71/4 = 431/2. d) Subtract 431/2 from the total original stitch count, then add 46 to give new overall stitch count.
Of course in this example you will also need to round up or down to the nearest whole number.