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Old 02-13-2008, 12:13 PM   #1
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Confusing Pattern: "Work ring side-to-side"
Before going any further, I will admit I am trying to make a DOG sweater (waiting for laughter to stop).

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This is my first attempt to knit in the round on a circular needle, and using stranded (multi-color) knitting. So far it was going ok until I hit this section of the pattern I cannot figure out.

I am knitting the largest size of the sweater.


With smaller circular needle and CC1, cast on 40(48, 56, 64) stitches. Place marker and join to begin working in the rounds. Work k1, p1 rib for 6 rounds.

On next round, switch to larger circular needle and knit to 1 stitch before end of round, m1, place marker, k1, m1. 42(50, 58, 66) stitches. The 2 stitches between the markers are the beginning of the belly of the sweater.

On next round, work Row I of Chart A, increasing as follows: Work Chart A as directed to first marker. Slip marker, m1, k2, m1, slip marker at end of round. Increase 2 stitches between markers by working m1 increases after first marker and before second marker every row for 2-6(2-6, 2-10, 2-14) of Chart A. 54(62, 78, 94) stitches. Between markers, simply alternate working colors.

Next row: Work Chart A as established to first marker. Place next 14(14, 22, 30) stitches on holder and set aside.

Everything is OK until I get here, then this is where I am confused:
Turn work, and work ring side-to-side, work remaining rows of Chart A over the remaining 40(48, 56, 64) live stitches. In pattern, increase 1 stitch at each end of needle every RS row 0(0, 3, 5) times. 40(48, 62, 74) stitches.

After finishing Chart A, work 1(1, 3, 5) row(s) even in MC and set aside.

First Question:
When I get to the "ring side-to-side" section above, I assume this means I get out an extra size 7 needle and knit the 64 stitches on the circular 7 needle (like in regular 2 needle knitting). Is this right??? I would flip it over when I hit the end of the row, and purl the next row on the "wrong side" of the fabric, and so on.

Here is my next problem:
I have already worked 15 rows of Chart A when I hit the "ring side-to-side" paragraph. Chart A has 18 rows total. So, I have 3 rows of chart A left, right???

But the instructions above say that I need to increase 2 stitches on every RS (right-side) row 5 times for the largest size pattern, to get to a total of 74 stitches (start with 64, 5x2=10, so 74). But that would mean I need to work 10 more rows (5 RS, 5 WS), and I only have 3 rows on Chart A left to work, right??

I know I am missing something basic here....

Any thoughts?

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