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  • new to knitting.... Help needed with pattern please

    Hi sorry if this is a basic question but I've only just taught myself to knit! So far I can cast on, knit and purl and moss stitches

    Trying to do my first knitting pattern and need some help....

    The pattern advises to cast on 137 stitches...
    Row 1 (k1p1) to the end
    Row 2 (k1p1) to the end

    So my first question is the last stitch on the first row will be a knit so does that mean I purl the first stitch on the second row or start with a knit?


    The second question is....

    The pattern also later refers to the following...

    Row 1 (k1p1) twice, k4 *p1,k7,repeat from * to last 8 stitches k4,p1,k1,p1,k1
    This line doesn't equal 137 stitches....I have done k1p1 k1p1 then k4, then done p1 k7 and repeated this bit until the last 8 stitches... The problem is I can't complete a full repeat of the p1k7 at the end as I'm left wi 12 stitches 8 of which are to complete the last part of the row,...


    I appreciate this is a ver basic question bUt am struggling!!!!!

    Any help would be appreciated xx

  • #2
    The answer to the first question is that you will knit the first stitch on the second row. You are knitting the knits and purling the purls. If you did the opposite and started with a purl on the second row, the pattern would look jumbled up. Keeping to the same repeat of stitches on subsequent rows means that the pattern will also repeat.

    I have re read the pattern and there are 2 stitches that need to be knitted together as the original extra stitch was for the ribbing (I take it) I get patterns like this and the jumper I am knitting wanted me to decrease 1 stitch from the ribbing to go into the stocking stitch above it. I am surprised that you have an error and it's a pain when you get so far and then realise that there must be a mistake on the patterns part.


    I hope that this helps.
    Last edited by julesie; 23-11-2011, 12:58 PM. Reason: tired late night wrong answer :(
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    • #3
      Wow that sounds complicated, good luck. I'm gonna stick to weaving!
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      • #4
        Sorry forgot to add, well done and going in for the knitty kill on your first knitting projects. It's unusual to see someone who hasn't started with the usual garter stitch scarf
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        • #5
          Oh the garter knit scarf! Why did junior school teachers force us kiddies to start with that? I was knitting it for a year and crying in between. And in senior school, the cookery apron. How did it take me a year to make that!?!

          If it hadn't been for my knitty nana and sewing nannie who helped me make dolls clothes - and get the bug - I'd have been put off for life.

          Well done Katylou for teaching yourself. Keep asking questions if you get stuck. And show us what you've done?

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          • #6
            Katylou there is an error in the pattern... it must be divisible by 8 in order for the second part of the pattern to work.

            In order to achieve this you will need to knit 2 stitches together in row 1.

            You need to k1,p1, k1,p1 then k4 (this only happens at the beginning and the end)... then for the next lot of p1, k7 15 times... you are then left with 9 stitches...k2, k2tog, k1, then p1, k1,p1,k1 and you will have the correct number of stitches and can follow the pattern as written without knitting the two together
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            • #7
              Thanks for all your help... I'm gonna give it a go!!! I did think it should be divisible by 8 but thought it was me not understanding the pattern with me being new to knitting!! Will let you know how I ge on thanks

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              • #8
                Originally posted by julesie View Post
                Sorry forgot to add, well done and going in for the knitty kill on your first knitting projects. It's unusual to see someone who hasn't started with the usual garter stitch scarf
                I made one of them when I was about 7! It started off about 5" wide and finished up over 20 before I gave up! Never knitted since. Just recently rediscovered crochet though which I'm really enjoying, it's fast!
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