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bambicub 12-21-2010 02:56 PM

Joining
 
Hi all! I'm very new to knitting but have got all the basic stitches and techniques down...I'm (attempting) to knit a plush monkey, and am already confused on the first instruction. I've finished one piece, and then it says to break the yarn and start again on the same left needle. I'm ok with this. Then, having finished the next bit, after 10 rows, it says: "join pieces together on the next row as follows"... How am I supposed to join them together? I'm going to throw the lot out of the window in a minute!

All help appreciated :)

Thanks very much,

Katie

kmaclean 12-21-2010 03:16 PM

It would help if you posted the instructions that come right after "as follows" so that we know what they are asking you to do. It sounds like maybe you're joining them by picking up stitches along the side of the original piece you knit ... ? I can't be sure though. If you post the next instructions I'm sure we can help you figure it out! :thumbsup:

bambicub 12-21-2010 04:32 PM

Hello! Yes I thought that as soon as I posted it...

OK, this is what follows:

"Join pieces together on the next row as follows:

11th row: Cast on 2 sts at beg, k19sts, inc 1st in the next st, inc 2sts at the end (41)
12th row: Cast on 2sts at beg, inc 2sts at end..."

And on it goes...

kmaclean 12-21-2010 05:02 PM

Ok, I'm trying to figure out where your stitches are oriented, lol.

When you break the yarn and "continue on same left needle", have you cut the yarn part way across a row and are then continuing to work only on the rest of the stitches? Or did you cast on new stitches to work with?

bambicub 12-22-2010 06:46 AM

I just broke it and will now start on the same needle with new yarn, casting on again. That's what I thought anyway?

hyperactive 12-22-2010 08:51 AM

is there a link to this pattern? This sounds funny.
I imagine the description as follows:

you make a piece, I call it flap 1. Then you break the yarn. You cast on again (doing that on the same needle, ignoring flap 1 for the moment).
now you knit some. That makes flap 2.

Now you have the option of just working across flap 1 and flap 2. The outcome would look something like this:

sorry, I am not familiar with the picture program, but it is the only one I have available and I think the rough sketch is enough...

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that is just my guess. But a name of pattern, the link even, or maybe a description of which part of the monkey you are on (what a sentence???)... that would help.

kmaclean 12-22-2010 11:29 AM

Ok, I think what Hyperactive has said makes sense .... although I can't be sure without seeing the pattern.

It sounds like you've knit your first piece (for explanation purposes I'll call this "flap one" as in Hyperactive's diagram) and broken the yarn. You've set this piece aside and cast on again and worked the number of rows instructed for the second piece, "flap two". I don't know how many stitches you were instructed to cast on for each of the two pieces, but it seems like together they should add up to 36 stitches total.

Next, I think you would do as follows for row 11:

1) You're ready to knit the next row of "flap two", at the beginning of this row cast on two new stitches.

2) Knit 19 stitches.

3) Increase 1 in next stitch (usually this means KFB - "knit front and back").

4) Knit to last 2 stitches.

5) Increase 1 in each of the last 2 stitches (KFB twice).

You now have a total of 41 stitches at the end of this row.

These instructions for row 11 use ALL of your stitches (both "flap one" and "flap two"), so when you get to the end of "flap two" you don't turn to start a new row you pick up your "flap one" and keep knitting across these stitches as if they were part of the same row. This is where you are joining the pieces together.

You now have all of your stitches on your needles (basically forming one long row). The bottom part of the "flaps" are separated, but from now on you're working one larger piece - I think this will make sense if you look at Hyperactive's diagram.

For row 12 you would do as follows:

1) Cast on 2 new stitches at the beginning of this row - just like you did for row 11.

2) Knit to the last 2 stitches.

3) Increase 1 in each of the last 2 stitches (KFB twice).

You now have a total of 45 stitches at the end of this row.

Now, just keep following the pattern instructions ... it sounds like you should probably be ok at this point once you have the pieces joined together.

Hopefully this works out as well in reality as it does in my mind! :rofl:

Let me know if this makes sense and if it works! :knitting:

hyperactive 12-22-2010 06:39 PM

I am not sure either. But that was my only idea, really.


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