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sungminez 03-15-2014 11:21 PM

pattern help!
 
Okay, so the pattern I'm reading off of is:

row 1: k3 (p3 21LPC, 21RPC, p2, k2) 3 times, p3
row 2: knit knits and purl purls
row 3: k3 (p3 C4L p3 k2) 3 times, p3
row 4: knit knits and purl purls
row 5: k3 (p2 21RPC, 21LPC, p2, k2) 3 times, p3
row 6: knit knits and purl purls

It's a boot topper, 42 stitches... I'm just confused about the knit knits and purl purls. I already made one topper, but It didn't come out right :( I've looked up videos and I still can't really understand what to do in regards to rows 2,4,6... it didn't come out right because the cabling throws me off. Could anyone write out the pattern for me? Like, rows 2,4,6?



as you can see, the picture is correct at the top... but I messed up towards the end. :(

salmonmac 03-16-2014 06:01 AM

Welcome1
Yes, it looks like you have it done correctly at the top cable. As you look at the next stitch on the left needle, knit it if it looks like a V and purl it if it looks like a bump or little collar. You're doing that on all the other rows and the cables really aren't any different, maybe just a little harder to see the stitches. Keep looking at the front of the work to check that you've got the stitches in the correct order. Really, reading your knitting this way is a much more valuable skill to learn.

I think your pattern for row 1 should be:
row 1: k3 (p2 21LPC, 21RPC, p2, k2) 3 times, p3
Try row2: k3 (p2, k2, kpp, ppk, k2) 3x p3
Try row4: k3 (p2, k3, p4, k3) 3x, p3
(I've written kpp or ppk to show where the back of the cables are but it's k1p2 or p2k1.)

There's a video for this pattern but the even rows aren't very clearly shown.
http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/08/...-boot-toppers/

RochesterKnitter 03-16-2014 08:21 AM

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... I'm just confused about the knit knits and purl purls. I already made one topper, but It didn't come out right :( I've looked up videos and I still can't really understand what to do in regards to rows 2,4,6...
Knitting the knits will maintian stockinette st (on the cables). Purling the purls will maintain reverse stockientte st (between the cables).

You just have to "read" (identify) your sts. If it looks like a K (V), knit it. If it looks like a P (bar), purl it.

Jan in CA 03-16-2014 04:34 PM

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What I can see looks good!

Each stitch has two sides. One side is a knit, the other a purl...even garter stitch. Here's a swatch that shows what they look like. Reading your knitting is one of the most important things you can learn.

sungminez 03-16-2014 06:14 PM

Thank you!! I'm doing the knitting and I followed the rows you wrote for me and they look great. I did the last row myself and I didn't mess up! Well, I have one tiny error where I accidentally held my cable in front instead of in back. But shh, don't look too close.

GrumpyGramma 03-16-2014 06:29 PM

That looks good to me. If you're into cables, you might as well learn more. Here's a video about how to fix it when you cross the wrong way. Cable Fun - Part 3 She'll tell you things about cables you had no idea you didn't know. Well, that was my experience with her Cable Fun videos.

salmonmac 03-17-2014 05:37 AM

It looks terrific! Good for you. Keep the cable that is crossed differently the same throughout that column of cables. That way it'll be a feature of the pattern and it won't be so noticeable. These are going to be lovely.


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