View Full Version : Pattern Deciphering

04-22-2009, 06:11 AM
I found this free knitting pattern on the internet, and I really love the look of the sweater, except I don't understand the pattern. It doesn't even say what ply yarn I need to use. If any one can help decipher it you would be a massive help.


like what does (RS), Dec, k2, and p2 stand for?

I'm not a very experienced knitter, although my gradmother was going to knit it for me but she can't read it either.

04-22-2009, 07:14 AM
As for what kind of yarn to use, you want to match the given guage. The pattern says gauge needs to be 14 sts = 4". So you want to knit a swatch at least 6" wide and 4-6" tall. Measure 4" across the center and hope you get 14 stitches. If you're close, try using a needle size up or down and see if that gets you the correct guage.

(RS) - stands for right side, the outside of the sweater.
Dec is short for decrease
k2 is knit 2 stitches
p2 is purl 2 stitches

04-22-2009, 07:20 AM
Thankyou very much for that Marilyn.

Did you have a look at the pattern? does it make sense to you?
I've shown it to a friend of mine and they couldn't understand it either.

04-22-2009, 09:01 AM
The yarn is a heavy worsted or bulky weight, so you need to match that. The wrap and turn techniques are so you can knit garter stitch flat, but I'd just do it in the round (knit a round, purl a round). Is that the part you don't understand?

You start out with ribbing, then switch to stockinette, and knit to the underarms where you BO for them. Knit the sleeves and join the sleeves to the body by knitting the pieces together. Then it wants you to do garter in the round by knitting across the RS, wrap and turn and knit across the WS. As I said, I think it would be just fine to just do regular garter in the round. You dec every few rounds to shape the yoke, then finish up.

04-23-2009, 08:32 AM
When a free pattern is supplied by a yarn company, the whole point is to sell that particular yarn:) . So they list a particular yarn. But if you don't want to use it, or can't find it, you just match the gauge. A very helpful site is www.yarndex.com. You look up the yarn listed in the pattern, and they give you details, which you can then use to find similar yarns. On a yarn label, there will be a little drawing of a skein of yarn with a number in it. You want a number 5 for this pattern. But those numbers cover a range of thicknesses, so just make sure the gauge they suggest-- a small square with X sts on one side an X r on the other. Don't worry too much about the r number; those are how many rows equal 10cm and that's not as important as the sts number, which is how many stitches in 10cm, and that is crucial. You're looking for 14, and if it's slightly different, say, 13 or 15, you'll be able to make it 14 sts by going up or down needle sizes. But if it says 10 or 18, I wouldn't use that yarn-- the result will be a fabric which is too stiff or too loose.

I'm wondering if your difficulty with the pattern is that they give a lot of info before even beginning the pattern? There are all sorts of special pattern sts, wrap info, etc., and that's just to explain what will be in the pattern, itself.