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vvs 08-24-2012 07:30 PM

Unable to read top down baby sweater pattern

I am working on the top down baby sweater patter from Plymouth yarn and I am half way and now am not able to understand wht does this mean (right now I have 145 sts and it says Divide for Sleeves and Body so I did K23st and left it on a holder and K27 and left it on the needle and did the Purl till last)
Now the question:
next it says
Purl into F & B of last st: 29sts

which 29sts is it talking about? can anyone help :???:

vvs 08-24-2012 07:31 PM

This is the patter: See DIVIDE FOR SLEEVES section.

salmonmac 08-24-2012 07:46 PM

OK, the directions are:
K27 sts [left sleeve] and leave on needle. **Turn, purl into front & back (F & B) of first st, purl to last st,
purl into F & B of last st: 29 sts.
So you're going to be working on the 27 sleeve sts. Turn so that you're on the purl side and increase one st by doing a purl into the front and back of the stitch. Then purl across to the last stitch and increase one st in that last stitch by the purl front and back. In total you'll increase 2 sts on that purl row for a total of 29sts by the end of the row. Cute pattern!

suzeeq 08-24-2012 08:07 PM

When a stitch number is given at the end of a row like this, it means that's how many sts you'll have after increasing (or decreasing if there's decs on the row).

vvs 08-24-2012 09:04 PM


Thanks it was really helpful. I am very new to knitting and i know to knit but its hard still to understand the flow of the pattern.

the initial 27sts that i knit are now on my needle 2 and the rest which i Turn and purl also come on my needle 2 which means to work on the 27 sleeves sts I have to start in the middle of the sts counting the 27 knits.

Hope i am right..

Ingrid 08-24-2012 10:24 PM


Work back & forth on these left sleeve sts only until length from point if division is 3 (4, 4), ending with a WS row. Work 3 pattern repeats as follows:
Only work the sleeve stitches. Act as if the other stitches are on a holder.

vvs 08-25-2012 01:18 AM

hie, I got it thanks everyone..

vvs 08-28-2012 08:57 PM

Sleeves Lenght

The pattern shows the sleeves length as 6" which i feel is shorter and I want to make a full sleeve so can I just increase the rows on my sleeves?
Also the length of the sweater is 12" which i feel might is short and want to make it bit longer.

suzeeq 08-28-2012 09:58 PM

Baby sweaters often have slightly shorter sleeves though because the cuffs end up in the mouth being drooled on or dragged into everything. But they can also be turned up if a little too long, so yes you can make them longer,maybe an inch or two. Same for the body length, make it an inch or two longer. Babies tend to grow in length faster than width, so a sweatrer that's slighter longer can be worn a few months longer.

Jan in CA 08-29-2012 01:58 AM

What is the pattern you're using? Link? It helps if we can see and read it. Since it's only 12" in length it sounds like it's for a small baby.

Here's an appx size chart -

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