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Posted by: Twister_maiden (IP Logged)
Date: July 25, 2009 09:43AM

I thought i could try something different than doing blankets for everyone i know and im just stumped. Looking at this pattern is driving me crazy. It's not a hard pattern only an"easy" pattern, but im still stuck. It is for a hooded sweater. a free pattern from bernat.com

It states this for arm hole shaping...Cast off 5 sts beg next 2 rows. Dec 1 st each end of next 4 (4-5-5)rows. 73 (83-89-95)sts.

ok... so when it states cast off... does that mean 'COMPLETELY" cast them off.. so those stitches would be finished.. never to be knitted again.. and i do that for 2 rows.. (so that would mean 5 stitches are coming off each side or the garment... correct??
Dec (decrease 1 stitch) off each end for the next 4 rows... got that part... but what does this 73 sts mean.. is that how many stitches i have left??

Then the next line in the pattern says:

Work 0 (0-1-1) row even

What does that mean... work what??

Sry... i know many are shaking their heads.. im sure i would be too if i actually understood what is it this means... have a couple more question.. but i will start with this for now... Any help with be muchly appreciated.



Posted by: JJKnitter (IP Logged)
Date: July 25, 2009 11:03AM

1. Bind off stitches: They are bound off and means finished
so you won't use them again.
2. 73 stitches will be on the needle after you bind the stitches off.
3. Work even means that there isn't any decreases or increases. If you are doing the stockinette stitch (knit 1 row, purl next row, just continue as is or if pattern work in
Hope this answers your questions.
If more questions, just ask and someone will answer.

Posted by: Twister_maiden (IP Logged)
Date: July 26, 2009 06:57AM

So... just want to make sure.... that when it states "work even" i do that row without adding or decreasing. But continue with knitting that row as per instructions from a previous line... So for example...if the previous line states to purl to the end... i would purl on the line of the "work even"

Thanks so much for all the help also for the quick responses as well... this is great.

Will be a regular here for sure...

Posted by: JJKnitter (IP Logged)
Date: July 26, 2009 10:38AM

Not sure what pattern stitch you are using so I am guessing
at stockinette stitch (knit 1 row then purl next row and
If you were doing a purl row when you did you final decrease
then next row you would do knit row and then purl row and
continue doing knit and purl row until pattern states otherwise. Hope this helps.

Posted by: Oldtimer (IP Logged)
Date: July 25, 2009 11:11AM

Dear Twister Maiden,
73 does indeed refer to the number of stitches left after the change made in the previous row or rows. Here it would refer to after the decreases.

Parentheses can contain stitch, row, or length measurement differences for different sizes. This pattern covers four sizes. 0 (0-1-1) tells you that for the two small sizes you do not work a row even,(without increases or decreases) but for the two larger sizes you work one such row.

Keep asking a few questions at a time, and soon you will confidently read any pattern.

Good luck,