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Raegan 12-29-2010 05:15 PM

Help with Raglan Sweater Pattern
I need some pattern help. I'm knitting a top down raglan sweater from the blue alvarez webpage - purple sweater DIY pattern. Here is the link:

I'm having trouble figuring out the increases at the yoke. I'm making a med size sweater and it says to CO 60 stitches and knit 3 rounds straight, which was fine. Then I divided up the stitches with markers for the front, back, and arms:

knit 10, place marker, knit 20, place marker, knit 10, place maker, knit 20

Then it said to do the following 2 row pattern and repeat it 25 times:

Round 1: Knit round in stockingnet stitch but yarn over one stitch before and one stitch after every marker (8 increase stitches)
Round 2: Knit straight

Then it said to to the following 2 round pattern once with no repeats:

Round 1: Knit from beginning of round to first marker, slip marker, K1, yo, knit to 1 before second marker, yo, k1, slip marker, knit to third marker, slip marker, k1, yo, knit to 1 before end of round, yo, knit 1.
Round 2: knit in stockingnet stitch.

I should now have 260 stitches on my needles and 54 rows completed. My trouble is, I can't see how this math works out to 260 stitches.

60 CO stitches plus 208 increase stitches (26 increase rounds at 8 increase stitches per round) plus another 4 increase stitches from the second pattern increase round comes to 272 stitches. Where am I going wrong?

Thanks for your help guys.


Ingrid 12-29-2010 05:21 PM


repeat within brackets 5[4,0,0,0]
You don't need to do the second set for your size.

You start with 60, add 25 x 8 for 200, and end up with 260.

Raegan 12-30-2010 02:55 AM

increase row
Wow, so simple - thank you so much.

One more question about the increase row, would I knit it like this for the first increase row?

Round 1 : yo, k9, yo, k1, slip marker, k1, yo, k19, yo, k1, slip marker, k1, yo, k9, yo, k1, slip marker, k1, yo, k 19, k1, slip marker

Round 2: knit round straight

I'm trying to figure out where all the yarn overs will fit in with the stitch markers so that there are eight in total.

This is my first project knitting with circular needles and I'm finding it challenging. I've only used straight needles in the past.


Raegan 12-30-2010 08:57 AM

Increase Row
Okay, I think I got it this time. After I posted the last message, I rechecked it, and realized it was wrong. I think it should be:

Round 1: k1, yo, k8, yo, k1, slip marker, k1, yo, k18, yo, k1, slip marker, k1, yo, k8, yo, k1, slip marker, k1 yo k18, yo, k1

Round 2: knit round straight

I don't know why these increases were so hard for me to figure out. Its weird how you can interpret instructions in a totally wrong way, then figure it out, go back and read the instructions again and they are written exactly as they should be. Its like they were written in some foreign language before and then all of a sudden when you finally get it, they are written in plain english.

Ingrid 12-30-2010 10:04 AM

Yes, it is a foreign language, but once you realize what it's telling you, it makes perfect sense. Your second interpretation is right, and once you get going, the knitting will tell you what to do. Look at the results of the yo's and stitches, and later on, reading your stitches will come in handy.

Just remember to keep a yo,k before one marker and a k,yo after the marker.

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