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Tracy1275
01-18-2007, 02:00 PM
Hi Ladies and Gents,

Okay I'm working on my 1st sweater which is a free pattern from lion brand yarn.

http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/50733A.html

I am now shaping the left front
Shape Left Front
Continue on 29 (30, 31) sts for Left Front, working 4 rows in garter st.
Inc Row (WS) K to last 2 sts, inc in next st, k 1 30 (31, 32) sts.
Work 1 row even.
Rep last 2 rows 2 more times 32 (33, 34) sts.
Next Row (WS) Knit to end of row, cast on 2 sts 34 (35, 36) sts.
Work 1 row even.
Next Row (WS) Knit to end of row, cast on 6 sts 40 (41, 42) sts.
Work even until Cuff measures 6 in. [15 cm], end with a RS row.
Next Row (WS) Bind off 6 sts, knit to end of row 34 (35, 36) sts.

This sweater is worked in one piece and at this point it just looked WRONG! I went to my local knitters shop and they told me to leave the steps in blue OUT and just work even for 6 in. because I had already shaped the cuff:

Shape Sleeves
Inc Row (RS) K 1, inc in next st, k to last 2 sts, inc in next st, k 1 34 (36, 38) sts.
Next Row (WS) Knit.
Rep last 2 rows 14 more times 62 sts.

Shape Cuffs
Cast on 6 sts at end of next 2 rows 74 sts. Work even in garter st for 3 in. [7.5 cm], end with a WS row.

I contacted lion brand and they told me not to confuse the cuff and the left front because you are on a diffrent part of the sweater. Now I'm TOTALLY confused and I think I might just croak over!!! The yarn was expensive for a baby sweater and I don't want to mess it up! If ANYONE has a suggestion please help!!! I'm confused!!! :wall:

Thanks!!!!

suzeeq
01-18-2007, 02:49 PM
Uh no, don't leave out any lines of a pattern, they need to be there. The sweater at this point is going to look a little odd until you get more of it done.

You've knit up the back, cast on stitches for the sleeve and worked 3 inches from there. Then you put stitches on a holder to be done later for the R side, BO for the neck, now you're going to work down the left front, which also includes the left sleeve and cuff. The increase and CO sts are to shape the front neckline.

Just follow the instructions and keep going to finish the left front, then work on the right front. Sew up the side and sleeve seams, sew on buttons and you're done.

sue

Tracy1275
01-18-2007, 03:35 PM
Okay thanks so much Sue! I was SO confused cause they told me to not do that part of the pattern. I could see the sweater taking shape but then when I did the additional cast on 2 then cast off 6 it lost shape! I'll go ahead and follow the instructions and see what happens. I wish they would have had a picture of what it looks like before it is sewn together I think that would have helped a bunch! Thanks for the advice!!! If it comes out right I'll have to post a picture in the forum! Thanks again!

Darcy
01-18-2007, 03:47 PM
My first sweater, also from Lion Brand came out a disaster for what it's
worth. My problem (and still is) was with the sewing. It always looks so
bad. I gave up and the yarn is too fuzzy to unravel and save so I just
chalked it up as experience.

Patterns often confuse me, the one I'm doing now does but I'm going to
do what I think it says and just keep telling myself it is practice. I will
learn from it no matter how it turns out.

Keep practicing and you will be in love with your projects soon.

suzeeq
01-18-2007, 04:13 PM
Okay thanks so much Sue! I was SO confused cause they told me to not do that part of the pattern. I could see the sweater taking shape but then when I did the additional cast on 2 then cast off 6 it lost shape! I'll go ahead and follow the instructions and see what happens. I wish they would have had a picture of what it looks like before it is sewn together I think that would have helped a bunch! Thanks for the advice!!! If it comes out right I'll have to post a picture in the forum! Thanks again!

Note that when you do the CO 2 and increases, they're on the WS which is confusing in garter stitch, but it's going to be on the neck edge, not the cuff edge. The cast off/BO 6 stitches will be those for the cuff. Then you decrease on the sleeve side for the next few inches the same way you increased for the back so they'll match. I agree, sometimes it's a good idea to show a presewing picture or schematic of all patterns so you know what shape they're supposed to look like. This one will be sort of a + shape with a split for the fronts on the upper arm of the +

sue

Tracy1275
01-18-2007, 05:27 PM
OMG!!! Okay...when I did the CO 2 CO 6 I did it on the CUFF side which I thought was wrong. I had it on the neck side the 1st time but when I went into the shop to ask they said that was wrong!!!! OYE! Not going back there! Thanks Sue! That makes ALOT more sense to me!!! Now I'm excited to get that finished then! Since I've never made a sweater before I didn't know what I was looking at! I marked the WS by knitting in the tail for a few stitches like Amy suggests and that's how I marked it. Okay...I need to go back and take off the CO 2 and do it on the other side. Could you tell what kind of CO they wanted you to use? I only know how to the cable cast on so I was getting confused when it said knit to the end of the row, cast on 2 stitches. What I did was I worked to the end of the work, turned work and cast on the 2 stitches then worked the whole row in garter. Does that sound right? That's what they told me to do at the store. They said something that they thought they might mean "backward loop cast on" but I don't know how to do that one and they said the cable cast on was neater anyway...did I mess that up?

CarmenIbanez
01-18-2007, 05:40 PM
Great coaching Sue! Just wanted to pop in and say keep up the good work both of you. Completing patterns that we think are out of our league are what make us better knitters. If it makes you feel any better, I've been knitting four years and I have knit really hard things and really easy things. There is always a point in EVERY pattern where I need a little help (or moral support).

KEEP GOING, you can do it!

suzeeq
01-19-2007, 01:45 AM
OMG!!! Okay...when I did the CO 2 CO 6 I did it on the CUFF side which I thought was wrong. I had it on the neck side the 1st time but when I went into the shop to ask they said that was wrong!!!! OYE! Not going back there! Thanks Sue! That makes ALOT more sense to me!!! Now I'm excited to get that finished then! Since I've never made a sweater before I didn't know what I was looking at! I marked the WS by knitting in the tail for a few stitches like Amy suggests and that's how I marked it. Okay...I need to go back and take off the CO 2 and do it on the other side. Could you tell what kind of CO they wanted you to use? I only know how to the cable cast on so I was getting confused when it said knit to the end of the row, cast on 2 stitches. What I did was I worked to the end of the work, turned work and cast on the 2 stitches then worked the whole row in garter. Does that sound right? That's what they told me to do at the store. They said something that they thought they might mean "backward loop cast on" but I don't know how to do that one and they said the cable cast on was neater anyway...did I mess that up?

Idiots! The ones at the shop, of course. Of course there might be another bunch there a different day who actually know how to read patterns...

A cable CO is fine and it doesn't matter if it's at the end of a row or the beginning of one as long as it's on the edge. You did fine; some people do a knitted CO, some do cable, some do the backward loop (that's like what you do with your thumb on a long tail), it's your preference.

sue

suzeeq
01-19-2007, 01:49 AM
Great coaching Sue! Just wanted to pop in and say keep up the good work both of you. Completing patterns that we think are out of our league are what make us better knitters. If it makes you feel any better, I've been knitting four years and I have knit really hard things and really easy things. There is always a point in EVERY pattern where I need a little help (or moral support).

KEEP GOING, you can do it!

Aw shucks... :oops: I work customer service and I guess I just like to help people. Although I'm probably gonna burn out on it one of these days.

Shoot, I learned to knit over 40 years ago, though I was away from it for 10-15 years, and I took it up again about 2 years ago. I've learned maybe almost as much in the last 2 years as I already knew. And I'm still learning stuff.

sue

Tracy1275
01-19-2007, 01:52 PM
AWWWW SUE!!!! You're a life saver!!!! I really thought I was going to croak!! I'm going to try and get a pic of the 1st half posted on here when I finish it which will probably be late tonight. Then I'll need some help to do the other side cause it says work in reverse. I'm sure I'm over thinking this but you know what you're talking about!!! I'm going to the store today to get some of those gloves for knitters cause my left hand where the thumb is is KILLING me! I think at one point I was holding the needles to tight or something cause where your thumb meets your palm it's hurting pretty bad. So we'll see if those help and I'll try and get that pic up later this evening!! Thanks again!!!!! :cheering:

Tracy

suzeeq
01-19-2007, 04:51 PM
Oooohhh Tracy, ease up. It's not a good idea to knit for long periods of time when you hurt. Yes, you may be holding the needle too tight; maybe you won't be so stressed and can loosen up a bit. But take a break for a few days; even with the gloves, pain killers or whatever you do to keep knitting, it can damage your tendons for the long term. Look up DeQuervain's syndrome, tenosynovitis and tendonitis.

But I'm glad it's making sense to you.

sue

Tracy1275
01-20-2007, 12:38 AM
Thanks for the advice Sue! I finished the 1st half and now I'll take a break for a few days before I start the othe side. Now the directions say :

Shape right front:
Place 30 stitches from holder onto needle, join yarn at neck edge. Work as for Left Front, reversing shaping. At sa,me time, work 5 buttonholes opposite buttons as follows: Buttonhole Row (RS) Knit to last 4 sts, k2tog, YO, k2

I don't quite get the reverse shaping part. I'm sure I'm overthinking it. Any help would be great!!!! Got the gloves, they keep your hands really warm! I don't plan on starting the right front till some time next week but I'd like to understand how it's done! Thanks so much!!!

Tracy

suzeeq
01-20-2007, 01:06 AM
Okay, to reverse the shaping...

Shape Left Front
Continue on 29 (30, 31) sts for Left Front, working 4 rows in garter st.
Inc Row (WS) K to last 2 sts, inc in next st, k 1 30 (31, 32) sts.
Work 1 row even.
Rep last 2 rows 2 more times 32 (33, 34) sts.
Next Row (WS) Knit to end of row, cast on 2 sts 34 (35, 36) sts.
Work 1 row even.
Next Row (WS) Knit to end of row, cast on 6 sts 40 (41, 42) sts.
Work even until Cuff measures 6 in. [15 cm], end with a RS row.
Next Row (WS) Bind off 6 sts, knit to end of row 34 (35, 36) sts.

The increases will be at the beginning of the row instead of at the end. Same with the CO2 and CO 6, but it's just as easy to cast on after you turn anywy. The BO woll be at the beginning of the row too, but on the cuff. By the time you get to that, you'll probably be able to see how it's supposed to work out.

sue