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GoBirdCurly 03-03-2009 09:51 PM

pattern WRITING help...
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I am in the process of writing my first knitting pattern ever. It is a relatively simple pattern for a sweater. I'm am including it in an entire collection of clothes that I'm doing for school. This is the only knit piece. I created a flat pattern, and am now adapting it to a knitting one. It is almost complete, but I have one question I'm unsure of.

I am knitting it from the bottom up, and in three pieces; left front, right front, and back.

I have written everything but the neckline. Well, that's not true, I actually wrote it so that the shape of the neckline was formed by a series of decreases along that curve. Then, I got to thinking that I was overdoing it. I started to wonder if I should instead form the neckline shape by casting off in steps at the end of those rows. It would work out to the same increments that I calculated which are decreases of 2 to 4 stitches per row.

I would appreciate any feedback that anyone has. Please let me know if anything is not clear, and I will clarify.


Also, the rest of my collection can be found at my blog:

My entries are entitled "Senior Collection".

albertpollard 03-10-2009 04:57 PM

Many of the bottom up patterns I have run across are cast onto stitch holders then, after joining the work, cast on to circular needles to finish. That way you can pick up any pattern for the stitches to match the cuffs and waist band.
It looks as if you could 'cast off' in pattern onto stitch holders and still maintain the curve of the neckline.
I'd have to play with it to be sure.

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