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jaxirwin 03-08-2014 01:32 PM

Help with sizing instruction
I am knitting the sleeve of a Kim Hargreaves sweater called Jake (in Rowan Junior) and am confused by the dash in the sizing instruction. Please can someone explain. It reads as follows:
Continue in st st, shaping sides by increasing 1 st at each end of next and following ... , then on every following 12th (8th: 6th: -: 8th: 6th: 6th: 6th: 6th) row until there are 34(43: 50: -: 60: 69: 70: 77: 84) sts ...
My size is the one with the dashes -: What do they mean? Please help. Unable to continue.

jaxirwin 03-08-2014 01:58 PM

Anyone out there? advice urgently needed...

GrumpyGramma 03-08-2014 02:17 PM

Hi and welcomed to KH. We really try to get to questions ASAP but sometimes it can take a little while.

Is this your pattern?
I couldn't find erata for it. How many sts do you have at this point? Is there an explanation somewhere in the book?

salmonmac 03-08-2014 02:27 PM

Welcome to the forum.
There are likely no increases for your size. The dash is probably holding the place of a 0 for your size although it seems that it would be more straightforward to then give the stitch count within the second parentheses. You can check by comparing the last time a stitch count was given and the next time that a stitch count was given. See if those numbers make sense.
One question: there are 9 sizes for the pattern, one plus the 8 in parentheses?

jaxirwin 03-09-2014 03:32 AM

Thank you for your answers. GrumpyGramma: yes; the link you posted is to the sweater I am knitting. SalmonMac: yes; there are 9 different sizes provided for this pattern. I figured that the dash might indicate the more usual "0" (i.e. no increases) but found it odd that a total stitch count was not provided in the second set of brackets. Seems strange. I too checked for errata, but could find none and there are no references in the book's instructions as to what the dash might mean. Oh dear...

salmonmac 03-09-2014 06:13 AM

Hmmm. What about a prior stitch count and the next stitch count after the instructions you quoted?

salmonmac 03-14-2014 12:42 PM

A question to the publisher got this reply:
"A dash is used where those particular instructions do not apply to the size being worked. So if there's a dash in a set of instructions for the size you are working it means you don't need to work this little bit of the pattern, but move on to the next set of instructions that do apply."
So the dash is the equivalent of the more common 0 when there are no instructions for your size.

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