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Wnderlnd 03-29-2014 01:46 PM

February Lady Sweater, pls help
I am making the February Lady sweater that is so popular but I have a question for which I cannot find the answer.

I am at the eyelet row, but I'm making kfb instead of yo. I found a site to calculate how to spread the increases throughout the row(of course after I spent an hour doing my one convoluted math) but they don't line up with the sleeve increases. (This is my first sweater.). Do I still continue to make the increases on either side of the sleeves? That is 8 of my increases, or am I truly making them balanced across the center stitches? Please help! Thank you so very much!

salmonmac 03-29-2014 03:01 PM

The eyelet row happens across all of the sts except the 7 buttonband sts on each side. For the smallest size, that's 41 increases over 197sts. The increases on the sleeves will line up with those on the body because all the increases are on the same row. At this point, the 4 markers have been removed and you don't do the increases on either side of the sleeve.

Good for you for starting your first sweater and a very pretty one, too.

Wnderlnd 05-08-2014 04:07 PM

Thank you! So I did the eyelet row and the 3 garter rows afterward (actually a while a ago) but now I have more questions.

1. Do I do one full repeat of the gull lace before separating the sleeves?

2. I pre-placed my sleeve separation markers and they don't line up with my previous sleeve increases. Just a tad off. Is that a problem and will it lay funny under the arms? Should I change it so they better align with my previous sleeve increases, still keeping 63 stitches per pattern, or leave it and it will be fine?

Thank you!!

PS: I have a lifeline in right now so I could try it on for fit under the arms. It's fits exactly as it should right now.

salmonmac 05-08-2014 06:35 PM

Ok, good. Yes do one full repeat (4 rows) of the gull lace after the garter stitch rows. (It should be at least 3 rows garter or enough so that the sleeve sts almost meet under your arms.)
Why not line up the sleeve markers with the increases? I don't think a stitch or two off will make a difference but, if there's not something else going on, I'd line up the sleeve markers with the increases.

Wnderlnd 05-08-2014 07:11 PM

Thank you! I am not sure whey they don't line up with the counts, I have the correct number of stitches and I spread the eyelet increases evening across the row per the directions and numerous comments Ive seen online. I think I'll revisit the sleeve issue after the next 4 rows for the lace pattern.

I wish I could explain why this is so hard for me. I'm guessing it's just because it's my first sweater and not a hat, gloves, or scarf. :cool: Probably due to my fear of frogging so many stitches if I make a mistake.

salmonmac 05-09-2014 05:23 AM

First sweater? Enough said. It's not the simplest starter but it does seem to be a good pattern. You've gotten over the most difficult part with the yoke shaping.
Using the lifeline is going to be very helpful for the body of the sweater and probably some markers to keep track of pattern repeats.
It's also good to keep an eye on the pattern repeats to make sure each row lines up correctly.
Have fun with the rest of the sweater!

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