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SockrPlayr 11-12-2013 03:56 PM

Pattern Question
I am working on a sleeve for a baby sweater that is being knitted in one piece from the neckline down. The sleeve started with 29 stitches on the needle and through a series of increases on each side of the needle to make the sleeve long enough, I now have 83 stitches on my needle. The next line in my pattern reads: K1, SSK, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1: 25(27,29) sts.

What does the part after the colon mean?


Jan in CA 11-12-2013 05:17 PM

I think that is just the number of stitches you'll have at the end of the row.

SockrPlayr 11-12-2013 05:25 PM

Jan, thank you for your reply, but I am not sure that is correct. If I have 83 stitches on my needle and my directions read: K1, SSK, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1: 25(27,29) sts.

If I K1, I will have 1 stitch on my needle.
If I SSK, I will now have just 2 stitches on my needle.
Knitting to the last 3 means that I will need to knit 77 stitches and I will have a total of 79 stitches on my needle.
If I k2tog, I will now have 80 stitches on my needle.
Then I am supposed to k1 and I would end with 81 on the needle.

To me, it sounds like I started with 83 and ended with 81.

I'm just not sure what the part after the colon means?....what sort of direction is it giving me?

Thanks again!

GrumpyGramma 11-12-2013 05:31 PM

How many stitches make up the actual sleeve? Maybe it means just the sleeve stitches. I agree with Jan that it appears to be the number of stitches left on the needle. I may be misunderstanding how the sweater sleeve works. Can you link to your pattern? Or, what's it called and where did you get it?

SockrPlayr 11-12-2013 05:38 PM

Here is the link to the pattern:

At the bottom of the first page, the section titled, "Divide for Sleeves and Body" is where I am. I am doing the third size, so I currently have 25 stitches from the left front sitting on a needle holder. I put 29 stitches on a needle (left sleeve) and began doing the instructions with the series of increases until the sleeve was 4 1/2 inches long. At this point, there are now 83 stitches on my needle. I have completed the instructions at the top of page 2 for rows 1-4 and there are still 83 stitches on my needle. Row 5 contains the instructions that are confusing me.


GrumpyGramma 11-12-2013 05:55 PM


Row 5: K1, SSK, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1: 25 (27, 29) sts.
Is that where you are? Before that you're instructed to work on the sleeve stitches only and in that case the number would be how many stitches you should now have on the needle.


Work back & forth
on these left sleeve sts only until length from point if division is 3 (4, 4), ending with a WS
I don't see where it would change from being only the sleeve stitches that are being worked.

SockrPlayr 11-12-2013 06:18 PM

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I am attaching a picture which can hopefully help. For the instructions that start under the section "Divide for Sleeves and Body", I have knit 25 stitches and placed them on a holder as per the instructions. You can see them in my picture on the right side labeled with "left front". The next part of the instructions says to knit 29 stitches and leave on needle. The instructions labels that section as the left sleeve and I have also labeled that as "left sleeve" in my picture.

For the next part of the instructions: Turn, purl into front and back of first stitch, purl to last stitch, purl into front and back of last stitch: 31 stitches, I took those 29 left sleeve stitches and purl with the increases to end with 31 stitches on the needle. The pattern then says to work back and forth on those left sleeve stitches, so I never left those stitches. I just continued to work on that sleeve going back and forth in pattern until that section of sleeve was 4 1/2 inches long.

And, after writing this out, I think that I have finally figured it out! I think that instead of increasing at each edge until I reached 4 1/2 inches, I was only supposed to increase on the edge that ONE time! If that occurred, then I would have only had 31 stitches on my needle...not the 83 that I have now and then when I decreased two stiches in line 5, I would have been left with only 29.

I guess it's time for me to start ripping things out! Yikes!!!!

Thanks again!

salmonmac 11-12-2013 06:38 PM

Yes, you've just answered your own question. The extra increased sts only happen once and then the sleeve is worked straight (or even) without any increases. The numbers in parentheses are indeed the stitch count at the end of the row at 4.5".
Enjoy making the rest of the sweater (ripping out not included here)and post a picture of the finished sweater if you'd like. We'd love to see it!

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