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having trouble reading a pattern

Posted by: 2newbieknitter (IP Logged)
Date: September 17, 2009 04:42AM

I,m totaly baffled by this pattern (Fairly new knitter).I just did a purl row. Pattern says turn work and cast on 19 stitches (did that). Turn back and knit across 25 sts from first ear flap(I'm making a snowboarder hat and am adding on the 1st ear flap). Turn back? How? Then it says turn work and cast on 8 sts. All this turning is confusing me. Please help.

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Posted by: craftsman (IP Logged)
Date: September 17, 2009 05:35AM

When it says to turn, ordinarily you do that just as always - put the right needle in your left hand, and the (former) left needle in your right hand. If you have not reached the end of a row, this may seem unusual but the process is still the same except the (former) left still has stitches on it.

Just to be sure, I would like to see exactly what the pattern says, to figure out what is happening at this point. Could you post the complete instructions for these rows, beginning right after the purl row? (If you found it online, please give the URL.) It would give us some context to see what the pattern is saying.

Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: September 17, 2009 08:38AM

Craftsman is right that to get the best advice, more information is needed.

However, I am going to hazard a guess based upon the assumption that you knit traditional western style moving stitches from your left needle to your right needle that the pattern designer may use a cast-on style holding the needle with the stitches in the right hand. For a person doing this type of cast-on, after you finish adding the 19 new stitches you would need to "turn" your work again, that is place that needle into the left hand, to knit across the row.

If you cast on the 19 new stitches keeping the needle in your left hand then you do not need to turn your work again -- just knit 25 stitches across then add 8 more stitches.