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Pattern confusion - lost in translation

Posted by: kraezer (IP Logged)
Date: October 09, 2009 06:49PM


Dividing Row [RS]: [K to marker, remove marker and place next 30[32, 34, 36, 38, 42] sts on hold on waste yarn, remove marker, CO 6[6, 8, 8, 10, 10] sts using backward loop method] twice, k to end. 106[110, 118, 122, 134, 142] sts.

I am so confused by this. I understand up to the second remove marker but then I am lost. I guess I don't really understand what I am trying to accomplish here so it is hard for me to make heads or tails. Another description or interpretation would be amazing.

kt (getting a little better a knitting all of the time)


Posted by: knittingmom (IP Logged)
Date: October 10, 2009 07:08AM

Looking at the pattern, I realize what is being said. You are to knit to the first marker (shoulder seam), remove the marker and place the sleeve sts on a holder (scrap yarn is theirs). You then add 6 sts through the backward loop method; remove the next marker (the second shoulder seam), knit to the next shoulder seam marker and remove it, placing those sleeve sts on another holder. You again add 6 sts (backward loop method), remove the last marker and continue to the end. At this point you have the body sts on your needle and both sleeve sts on holders. Continue with these body sts until you have completed that part of the item, then go back and do the sleeves.

I've made many a 'top down' sweater and find that it is easier to maintain length of sleeves if I do both at the same time. If there are decreases, small safety pins marking the decrease rows will help to keep things in order.

Best of luck with this cute little pattern. Happy Knitting!!!


Posted by: kraezer (IP Logged)
Date: October 10, 2009 03:23PM

awesome, that makes much more sense, i really don't want to mess this up, my little niece is a cutie...thanks sooooooooo much kt

Posted by: kraezer (IP Logged)
Date: October 11, 2009 02:36PM

i thought i had this but still have a question. Do you add the 6 stitches to the holder/waste yarn for each sleeve or to the body piece?

Posted by: knittingmom (IP Logged)
Date: October 11, 2009 06:19PM

Add those 6 sts to the BODY section. It will be part of the underarm seam when you finish the sleeves. And if you will look further into the pattern, you may be instructed to add either 6 sts to one side of the sleeve sts when you begin work on the sleeves, or to add 3 sts on each end of that section of sts to compensate for the 6 you are adding to the body. And, DON'T FORGET to add those 6 sts again at the second underarm section.

Do I make sense? Hope so. If not, come back again and I'll try to clarify.

Happy Knitting!!! Marian

Posted by: knittingmom (IP Logged)
Date: October 11, 2009 06:26PM

Ok ... I just read the sleeve section and they're recommending the use of double points (or small circs) to work the sleeves in the round. My instructions for the sleeves would work only if you were to use straights and do (as I do) and work both sleeves at the same time.

So, you do have a choice. If you choose to work the sleeves on straights, just cast on 3 sts at the beginning of the sleeve sts, work the sts from the waste yarn and cast on 3 sts at the end. You would then change to another skein of yarn and repeat for the second sleeve. Confusing?? Well, it can be at first, but once you get used to changing balls of yarn in the middle of the needle, and see both sleeves progressing evenly, you may decide that's the best way for you.

Again, Happy Knitting!!! Marian

Posted by: kraezer (IP Logged)
Date: October 11, 2009 08:06PM

woo hoo - I did it! Stay posted I am sure I will get stuck again, can't wait to post a photo of my niece wearing it :)
thanks again kt