I was not a math major.

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I never took statistics.

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I am not particularly interested in numbers (just ask my accountant)

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But, knitting the body of this sweater was so mind numbingly boring that I had to do something with my time.

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So, I decided to time myself knitting. Yeah, I know it is pretty lame, but I had to do something with my mind.

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I got out my iphone and started timing myself. My husband has been reassured that I am still crazy. I timed myself for a good hour of knitting…I think that is a good sample right? I think it’s called a sample anyway.

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The body of the sweater is 197 stitches per row give or take a few (who’s really counting at this point anyway). It took me, on average, 4 minutes 25 seconds to knit a row and 5 minutes 30 seconds to purl the next row. Yep, that’s about 10 minutes for 2 rows…holy crappoly.

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Here comes the math part.

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The sweater from underarm to the held off stitches is 13″.

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I am getting 8 rows for every inch.

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13″ x 8 rows = 104 total rows

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Divide the total rows by 2 (cause we have a knit row and a purl row) and you get 52

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Multiply 52 x 10 and you get 520 = total number of minutes to knit 13″

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Divide 520 x 60 and you get 8.6666 = total number of hours to knit 13″

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8 1/2 hours to knit from underarm to the held off stitches.

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So…now that I have it written out it doesn’t seem so bad. Funny.

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Carly wanted to be sure I mentioned the very generous armholes in my sweater. Perfect for my ever growing Beach Body Biceps:)

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Tags: 12 in 12, 12 in 12 in 2011, Darn Knit Anyway, March 2011, pickadilly, yarn minnesota

Hahahahahahaha! I did this once. Or rather, my husband did all the math for me, and wound up feeling like it wasn’t so hopeless in my case, either.

8 hours still feels like a heckuva long time, though, when you’ve got so much going on.

You should time yourself after you are done with Beach Body to see if your increased strength has improved your knitting time? Then they could remarket the class as a knitting improvement class. I would totally join you then!

Wow! That is fast purling. I purl at half the rate of my knitting, it takes me double as long…and yes, I time myself all the time to see if I’m getting any faster…gives me something to work towards. But I still don’t seem to be getting any faster!

The curl and flare of the generous armholes brings to mind some costumes from Return of the Jedi. Could there be some new patterns designed for Naughty Knit Night? Anyone remember the Princess Lea outfit on Friends?