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Debbie1519 05-10-2011 01:39 PM

How to follow pattern with increases
I am doing the sleeves of a sweater and my pattern is k5 *P1. K5 Repeat to end of row. My problem is how do I deal with the increase at the beginning and the end of the row?


RochesterKnitter 05-10-2011 02:35 PM

Depends on how many increases you are doing. Since your pattern is a multiple of 6, if you are doing 6 increases then add them so they will be equal to your pattern at the end.

These are the rs rows:
p1 k5 - original pattern
p1 k5 inc 1
p1 k5 p1 inc1
p1 k5 p1 k1 inc 1
p1 k5 p1 k2 inc 1
p1 k5 p1 k3 inc 1
p1 k5 p1 k4 inc 1, total of 6 inc which match original pattern
p1 k5 p1 k5

Do the same for however many inc the pattern calls for.

Debbie1519 05-10-2011 03:02 PM

My first row is: k5. *P1. K5
2nd row: Purl

These two rows form rib pattern.

Increase 1 st. each end of needle on next and every following alt row 8 times more, then every following 4th row 4 times, taking inc. sts. into pat.

suzeeq 05-10-2011 03:35 PM

You'll inc on the knit rows, so just do one at the beg and end of the first row and don't worry about the extra sts. Then purl the WS row, no problem there. The next row will inc another st so you would work it like this....

Just knit the first st, inc, k5 (p1, k5) then inc and knit last st.
Next RS row, k first st, inc p1, k5 (p1, k5) p1, inc k last st.
Next RS row, k first st, inc, k1 p1 k5 (p1, k5) p1, k1 inc k last st.
Next - k first st, inc, k2 p1 k5 (p1, k5) p1, k2, inc k last st.
Next - k first st, inc, k3 p1 k5 (p1, k5) p1, k2 inc k last st.

And so on.
n k5. *P1. K5 n
2nd row: Purl

These two rows form rib pattern.

Debbie1519 05-10-2011 04:19 PM

I'm really not sure I am understanding you but I will give it a try. What do you mean by nk5 *p1 k5 n. What does the n mean?

Debbie1519 05-10-2011 04:36 PM

I know this may seem silly but I just don't understand. Is there any way to simplify this for me. I started out with 29 sts if this matters.

suzeeq 05-10-2011 05:00 PM

Ignore the "n k5. *P1. K5 n" part. I copied that to see where I was in the pattern as I replied and forgot to erase it.

It's not as hard as you're thinking, you need to keep to the broken rib pattern, which means you k the stitches that were knit on the k5, p1 row previously, and purl that 1 stitch. The edge sts will be hidden in the seam so you can ignore them and just do them as knits on RS, purl on WS. Then inc between the edge st and the next st and do the stitch after that in the pattern.

You're expanding the k5 p1 pattern from the center out; since it begins and ends with a k5, the first row after the inc will put a p1 before and after the center sts as well as another inc. Then the next row will add a k1 before and after, the one after that will have 2 knits and a purl before and after, etc.

Debbie1519 05-10-2011 06:04 PM

sorry to be such a bother, I guess I am a bit slow lol. What increase would you use here. the knit into back of stitch or a make 1

suzeeq 05-10-2011 06:06 PM

I was giving you the sts as if doing a M1, but you could kfb the first and the last st.

Debbie1519 05-10-2011 06:13 PM

Thanks Suzeeq, I'll use the M1 so I can follow your sts. I hope it works for me. Thanks for all your help. I'll be back if it dosen't work lol


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