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Tunic pattern Help

Hi,

I am new to knitting with pattern, always made my own knitting calculating myself everything. But I felt in love with a tunic and I am having a hard time reading the pattern and knowing what is asked of me to do. The knitting part is fine (I learn fast if I don't know); but I have problems with the wording of the pattern, I don't know what to do with the markers either.

Here it is. I'll put the questions in bold after each area so that it is clear. I am going to ask all questions I have know for whole pattern instead of posting day by day as I encounter problems

SIZES: Small (Medium, Large, X-Large)
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Bust: 36 (40, 44, 48)”/91.5 (101.5, 112, 122)cm
Length: 28 (28 ½, 29, 29 ½)”/71 (72.5, 73.5, 75)cm
GAUGE
In Body Patt with smaller needles, 22 sts and 28 rows = 4”/10cm
SPECIAL ABBREVIATIONS
sl 2-k1-psso: Slip 2 sts as if to work k2tog-k1-pass 2 slipped sts together over the k1 – double dec made.
STITCHES USED
Body Pattern (panels of 19 sts):
Row 1 (RS): K2, yo, k4, k2tog, yo, sl 2-k1-psso, yo, ssk, k4, yo, k2.
Row 2 and following WS rows: Purl.
Row 3: K3, yo, k2, k3tog, yo, k3, yo, (sl 1 as if to pl, k2tog, psso – alternate double dec made), k2, yo, k3.
Row 5: K4, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, sl 2-k1-psso, k1, yo, ssk, k1, yo, k4.
Row 7: K5, yo, k2tog, yo, k1, sl 2-k1-psso, k1, yo, ssk, yo, k5.
Row 9: K3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2, sl 2-k1-psso, k2, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k3.
Row 11: K2, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k1, sl 2-k1-psso, k1, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k2.
Row 13: K1, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, sl 2-k1-psso, yo, k5, yo, ssk, k1.
Row 14: Purl.
Rep Rows 1-14 for body patt.
BACK
With larger needles, CO 199 (199, 243, 243) sts.
Border:
Row 1 (RS): *K1, yo, k9, sl 2-k1-psso, k9, yo; rep from * across, ending k1.
Row 2: P2, * k19, p3; rep from * across, ending k19, p2.
Row 3: K2, *yo, k8, sl 2- k1-psso, k8, yo **, sl 2-k1-psso; rep from * across, ending last rep at **, k2 – 183 (183, 223,
223) sts.
.........
Row 19: K10, *yo, sl 2-k1-psso, yo **, k4, sl 2-k1-psso, k4; rep from * across, ending last rep at **, k10 – 119 (119, 143,
143) sts.
Change to smaller needles.

The knitting of the back is fine until I get to the est patt

Est patt:
Set-up Row: P14, *place marker (pm), p19, pm, p5; rep from * across for 2 (2, 3, 3) times more, pm, p19, pm, p14.
Row 1 (RS): K14 for St st, *Body Pat Row 2 over 19 sts, k5 for St st; rep from * across, ending Body Pat Row 2 over 19
sts, k14 for St st.
Row 2: Purl across.
Row 3: Dec 1 st each edge, cont in est pat across.
Cont est patt, dec 1 st each edge every 8th (16th, 8th, 16th) row for 10 (5, 10, 5) times more – 97 (107, 121, 131) sts.
Work even until 20” from beg, ending WS.

Need help with this. What are the markers for?
What does it mean to Body Pat Row 2 over to stiches? do I have to do the row 2 of the body [pattern at the beginning that is to 'purl'?
What does it mean when it says 'rep from * across for 2 (2, 3, 3) times more'?
When decreasing, how do I count the stiches? I mean, if I decrease one first, then of the pattern I do as if that first one is the first one of the pattern and then continue? What I mean, for example, is if the patter tells me I need to purl 2, then knit 2, then yo.... should I decrease 1, purl 1, knit 2......?

Armhole Shaping
BO 5 (6, 7, 8) at beg of the next 2 rows—87 (95, 107, 115) sts. Keeping to est patt, dec 1 st each edge every RS row 7
(9, 12, 13) times. Work even on rem 73 (77, 83, 89) sts until piece from beg measures 28 (28 ½, 29, 29 ½)”, ending WS.
BO all sts knitwise.

Same question I asked about the decreasing, though in this case is binding off

FRONT
Work as for Back until piece from beg measures 18 (18 ½, 19, 19 ½)”, ending WS.

V-Neck Shaping
Next row (RS): Patt across 36 (38, 41, 44) sts and place on holder for Left Side, work next 2 sts tog, then work in patt to
end of row.
Right Front: Purl across 36 (38, 41, 44) right front sts.
Dec row (RS): K1, ssk, pat to end.
Rep Dec row every RS row 13 times more then dec every 4th row 8 times--14 (16, 19, 22) sts rem. Work even until same
length as Back, ending WS. BO all sts knitwise.
Left Front: With WS facing, join yarn and purl across 36 (38, 41, 44) left front sts from holder.
Dec row (RS): Patt across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Complete as for right front.

I think I might not find any problems with this one. Looks pretty straightforward

FINISHING
Join shoulder seams.

Armbands
With RS facing and smaller needles, pick up and k 92 (98, 104, 108) sts along armhole edge. Knit 2 rows. BO knitwise on
WS. Join side seams.

Neckband
Rnd 1: With RS facing and crochet hook, beg at right side of back neck, work 45 sc to shoulder, work 51 sc evenly spaced
along left front edge, sc in st from holder, 51 sc along right neck edge, join with sl st in first sc—148 sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same sc as joining, sc2tog, sc in 39 sc, sc2tog, sc in 43 sc on back neck; sc in 50 sc, sc3tog, sc in 50
sc; join with sl st in first sc – 144 sc. Join.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same sc as joining and next 42 sc, sc in 49 sc, sc3tog, sc in 49 sc, join with sl st in first sc – 142 sc.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in same sc as joining and next 42 sc, sc in 48 sc, sc3tog (pm on sc3tog), sc in 48 sc, join with sl st in first
sc – 140 sts. Fasten off.
With WS facing, join yarn with slip st in 2nd st to right of marked st. Ch 3, sl st in same sc as joining, sl st in next st, in
next st (sl st, ch 3, sl st – picot made), sl st in next st, picot in next st. * Sl st in next 5 sc, (picot in next st, sl st in next st)
twice, picot in next st; rep from * around, ending sl st in last 5 sc before beginning picot. Fasten off.
Using yarn needle, weave in ends.

Never done the finishing in this way. I really don't get much of it. I am really lost with this finishing of the neckband and armbands.....

Please, is there anybody that can help me? I know there are a lot of questions, but I really want to have this tunic ;-)

THANK YOU!!!!!!

 
juditaguilar wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

question 2

Thank you so much for the answer.

Now, looking again at the pattern, I got one more question ;-)

in the

Est patt:
Set-up Row: P14, *place marker (pm), p19, pm, p5; rep from * across for 2 (2, 3, 3) times more, pm, p19, pm, p14.
Row 1 (RS): K14 for St st, *Body Pat Row 2 over 19 sts, k5 for St st; rep from * across, ending Body Pat Row 2 over 19
sts, k14 for St st.
Row 2: Purl across.
Row 3: Dec 1 st each edge, cont in est pat across.
Cont est patt, dec 1 st each edge every 8th (16th, 8th, 16th) row for 10 (5, 10, 5) times more – 97 (107, 121, 131) sts.
Work even until 20” from beg, ending WS.

when I get to row for, the pattern I am following is the one in row 1?
if so, then, I would do row 4 decreasing one on each side using pattern of row 1. Then row 5 would be as row1, row 6 as row 2, row 7 as row 3, row 8 as row 4 (but this time no decreasing, so as row 1), then row9 as row 1, row 10 as row2, row11 as row3, row 12 as row 4(this time decreasing)......

Is it this way or I am totally wrong....

 
KT wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

For context, at the beginning

For context, at the beginning of your pattern instructions you are given a stitch pattern referenced as "body pattern (panel of 19 stitches)

Need help with this. What are the markers for? You use the markers to set-off groups of stitches. In this case to set-off the sets of 19 stitches that you will work in the body pattern set out at the beginning of your pattern.

What does it mean to Body Pat Row 2 over to stiches? do I have to do the row 2 of the body [pattern at the beginning that is to 'purl'? THe instructions are telling you to work Row 2 of your body pattern over 19 stitches. Since Row 2 and all subsequent wrong side rows are purled, that is what you will do for those 19 stitches.

What does it mean when it says 'rep from * across for 2 (2, 3, 3) times more'? You will have a set of instructions that have an * at the beginning. This is signaling for you that you will have a particular set of stitches that you will work a number of times. For example, if the pattern said: P2, *k4, p1, k3, p1, k2, p1, Repeat from * four times, you would repeat the k4, p1, k3, p1, k2, p1 sequence four times.

When decreasing, how do I count the stiches? I mean, if I decrease one first, then of the pattern I do as if that first one is the first one of the pattern and then continue? What I mean, for example, is if the patter tells me I need to purl 2, then knit 2, then yo.... should I decrease 1, purl 1, knit 2......? It takes 2 stitches to decrease down to 1, so for the example you gave, you would decrease over the p2 stitches so the next action would be to k2, yo, etc.

As to the neckline, you will apparently have a crocheted border. After you finish the initial border, you will be doing an additional edging. Sometimes it is easier to see what you are being asked to do with yarn and needles, or yarn and hook in hand. When you get to this point, see if the instructions make sense to you as you are crocheting the edging.

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