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Confused by my knitting pattern - please help!

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Tigerschick Wed 17-Sep-08 09:52:01

I'm attempting to make this pattern.

I've done OK so far but now I'm onto shaping the back for the arms to go.

The basic pattern is 8 rows where rows 3 and 7 have detail, creating the little holes you can see in the photo on the link, if you click to see the larger image.

What I'm not sure of is:
I've now got to decrease one stitch at each end of every row. Do I count that as stitch number one and then continue the pattern from there or is that 2 stitches? Or should I be working out where I would be up to had I not decreased the stitches?

I'm concerned that, if I start with that as stitch number one, the design will shift sideways and will that look OK? But, if I have to work out where I would be up to had I not done the decreasing ... well, my head may explode!

Really hope someone can make sense of all that and offer some advice.

TIA smile

WouldYouCouldYouWithAGoat Wed 17-Sep-08 09:55:40

you keep the pattern so if you decrease a stitch your first stitch becomes no 2.

you do not want the pattern to shift sideways

BellaBear Wed 17-Sep-08 09:56:10

you don't want to shift the pattern sideways. your new first stitch should be counted for pattern purposes as stitch 2.

ranting Wed 17-Sep-08 09:56:18

Does your pattern say, 'keeping pattern correct' on the line where the decreases are. Usually you have to work the lace bits of the pattern from where you'd be if you hadn't decreased iyswim and the line 'keeping pattern correct' or words like that are usually used on those patterns. Otherwise, as you have already realised, your pattern will be out of sync.

Tigerschick Wed 17-Sep-08 09:56:52

So on the nest row, my first stitch would become number 3?

BellaBear Wed 17-Sep-08 09:57:08

snap snap snap! grin

BellaBear Wed 17-Sep-08 09:57:24


Tigerschick Wed 17-Sep-08 09:57:58

Oh my!

Thank you very much ladies ... wish me luck grin

Miaou Wed 17-Sep-08 10:00:25

You might find it easier to write it out (or draw it out on squared paper if you have some) - that's what I do if I have complicated pattern/decrease situation to handle

Tigerschick Wed 17-Sep-08 10:00:30

Oh - but what if the first stitch the becomes part of the 'twiddley bit'?

The 'tricky rows' go:
K6, k2, yfwd, s1, k1, psso, k5 and rep to last 4 then k2tog k2.

At some point the first stitch is going to be one of those surely ...

Oh goodness, what have I begun???

BellaBear Wed 17-Sep-08 10:01:40

then make a decision about whether you want a hole right near the edge - if it is too close, ie would get caught up in the seam (or IS the seam!) then just don't do it.

Tigerschick Wed 17-Sep-08 10:02:39


Thanks again.

Think I'll go and get a pen and paper out, like Miaou suggests ...


WouldYouCouldYouWithAGoat Wed 17-Sep-08 10:03:44

trust yourself - feel the force.

or alternatively get onto ravelry

Miaou Wed 17-Sep-08 10:05:03

Yes, just knit straight to the next bit - so using the example above, when you get to k0, k2 yfwd etc ... do k2, k6 (ie k5 plus the k1 in the pattern), k5, then repeat including the pattern this time - does that make sense?

Miaou Wed 17-Sep-08 10:05:41

LOL goat grin I was just going to ask if Tigerschick was a raveler

BellaBear Wed 17-Sep-08 10:07:33

If you were on ravelry you could ask all the other people who have knitted that cardigan, and seen pictures of them!

BellaBear Wed 17-Sep-08 10:07:57


Miaou Wed 17-Sep-08 10:11:13

The designer is on ravelry, you could email her and ask wink

Actually, this is her website

WouldYouCouldYouWithAGoat Wed 17-Sep-08 11:48:57

and if you go on ravelry you get to see miaou's rather witty avator (sp?)

Miaou Wed 17-Sep-08 22:32:48

grin goat

Ceolas Wed 17-Sep-08 22:34:25

Just get on ravelry. OK?

Ceolas Wed 17-Sep-08 22:35:04

<takes her own advice>

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