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NightMagic6 03-25-2013 08:04 PM

Kitting Changing Sides
I have a pattern that I've been stuck on for about a month now. No rush, but I'd love some help.

It's an illusion scarf, so the RS and WS are obvious. But my problem is going from the background to the pattern.

Here is the beginning instructions.
CO 31st in black. K 2 rows in black.
Knit background section 3 times, ending with row 4.

Background section:
Row 1: K across in green
Row 2: P across in green
Row 3: K across in black
Row 4: K across in black.

The first line of the pattern is labeled RS. For some reason, I keep ending up starting incorrectly and the pattern and background section are backwards from each other. Any ideas?

Also with RS and WS, is that which side is facing you as you're ready to begin a new row?

Jan in CA 03-25-2013 08:07 PM

Since I'd already moved the other thread I'll delete that one so you'll know where this is. You only need to post once and always in your own thread if its a new question.

salmonmac 03-25-2013 08:16 PM

Hi and welcome!
The pattern as written gives you the garter ridges in black with two row stockinette in green. If this is the pattern,
it looks like the photos.
You need to get to the charts to see the actual picture start to appear but you should be able to see the alternate black ridges with green stockinette valleys inbetween that form the background after one or two repeats.

NightMagic6 03-25-2013 08:23 PM

Yeah, that's the pattern, but I have past the first pattern. So my first background is backwards to the pattern and I can't get my background to not be backwards to the pattern. I'm knew to patterns, so that's why having such a hard time with it.

Paulaque 03-25-2013 11:42 PM

are you working off a chart? if you are the chart is laid out exactly as you would knit it, so like row 1 is worked right to left, row 2 left to right, etc.

NightMagic6 03-26-2013 12:36 AM

I wrote what the instructions say for the background section. The bit between the two charts. It's a scarf as someone found. If I follow what I think the instructions say, the pattern and the background section are backwards to each other.

I was experimenting with other yarn to figure out if maybe "ending with row 4" meant not to do row four? But then the pattern isn't complete and my green yarn tail is at one end and my black is at the other. I can post a picture of what I have so far if anyone thinks that would help.

salmonmac 03-26-2013 05:06 AM

Definitely, a picture or two would help. If you can take a close up so that we can see the rows in detail, that would be great.
No ending with row 4 means to complete row 4.
ETA: The key for the pattern is correct but may be a little confusing if you're used to reading charts.
Usually the key might tell you a dotted box is purl on the RS, knit on the WS and an open box in knit on the RS and purl on the WS.
The designer has simplified it by telling you that all the RS rows are knit. Then on the WS rows, the dotted box is knit and the open box is purl.

Try this to get started (if you haven't already): follow the written directions for rows 1 and 2 (Green)
Row 1: Knit all stitches.
Row 2: P14, K2, P15

DavidSydney63 03-26-2013 07:32 AM

that's a tricky looking scarf!! sort of reminds me of shadow knitting

Marina1109 03-26-2013 10:36 PM

I made a similar scarf but it had "aliens" on it.

It turned out rather nice!!

NightMagic6 03-27-2013 12:16 AM

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Alright, this should be the be true where the pattern is forward, but my beginning background section is backwards. The snake is supposed to be white and you can see it better from the back then the front. I'll post the other picture in another post.

The background section shouldn't look so green, it should look striped like the pattern above.

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