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melismcken 09-23-2011 03:59 PM

Doggie Sweater help with pattern
Hello knitters,

Hope all are doing well. I am new to knitting and also to this site. I have a feeling that I will be coming here often. I have a question about a pattern in the book by Sys Fredens called Dress Your Dog. Its for a ribbed sweater. This is being done with size 9 regular needles with a size 4 yarn. Question is for the leg opening the author says:

Continue in ribbing, work 8 sts; turn and work 4 rows over these 8 sts; cut yarn and ect. ect.

What the heck does that mean??? How do you work rows over stitches?? And also when they say turn do they mean go to the wrong side.

Please help any advise will be greatly appreciated, its getting colder out there and my little Chihuahua is gunna be a doggie-sicle if I dont get started on this sweater.

Thanks again

wellslipmystitches 09-23-2011 05:34 PM

[Continue in ribbing, work 8 sts; turn and work 4 rows over these 8 sts; cut yarn and ect. ect.

Not to worry. It means do 8 sts. of your ribbing, then turn (as if you've reached the end of a row)and continue working those same 8 sts. in the same pattern (turning after every 8 sts.)for 4 rows.

I'll guarantee you'll do that at least one more time in the pattern. These are the smaller parts that will circle the upper part of your dog's 2 front legs.

Later on, the fancy term for turning before you get to the end of the row is "short rows". I can't resist - what better than short rows for a Chihuahua? :teehee: Go ahead and try it. It'll work. Jean

suzeeq 09-23-2011 07:42 PM

It means do 4 rows on just the 8 sts. Over is sometimes used to mean the same thing as on.

melismcken 09-23-2011 07:53 PM

Thanks so much for your help. I will do that.

fatoldladyinpjs 09-24-2011 11:02 AM

If you're really having trouble with this sweater, here's a simple pattern for a small dog.

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