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Old 05-04-2008, 05:02 PM   #1
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HELP! Reading a pattern
Another newbie question: from a pattern in the (supposedly) "very easy" Vogue pattern book for an "easy striped pullover." (Notice the abundance of "easy's???") Anyway, in neck shaping with 104 stitches, the pattern says to "work 36 sts, join 2nd ball of yarn and bind off center 32 sts, work to end. Working both sides at once, purl 1 row"

So, I'm thrown off by the "work to end" since I'll have 36 sts left after binding off the center 32 . . . and I have no idea how to "work both sides at once"

Any help is appreciated. ("easy" my foot!)
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Old 05-04-2008, 05:27 PM   #2
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It just means that you will be working your shoulders separately but at the same time .... meaning working the left end and working the right end, because the middle section that fits your neck is bound off. Make sense? If not there are numerous helpful talented gals who will come to the rescue.
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Old 05-04-2008, 05:42 PM   #3
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Hi Sheri, thanks for your reply. So I'm working along, I knit 36 stitches, then I bind off 32 stitches and then I knit the remaining 36 stitches, right? Then the next row is a purl row, and I understand that the center is already bound off. So I just purl both sides of the center - but not "at once????" Sorry if I'm being a little thick . . . Ivy
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Old 05-04-2008, 06:12 PM   #4
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Anyway, in neck shaping with 104 stitches, the pattern says to "work 36 sts, join 2nd ball of yarn and bind off center 32 sts, work to end. Working both sides at once, purl 1 row"

Just do what it says ..... work 36 stitches and add a new ball of yarn WHICH will be the yarn you use to do the bind off which will end up putting that working yarn on one shoulder and the first ball of yarn on the other shoulder because you can't jump the bind off after you've bound it off. So it says to bind off and then finish that row in pattern after the bind off .... NOW purl that section and then with first ball of yarn not second ball purl that other side. They just want you to MAKE sure you do the same thing on both sides of the bind off .
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Ohh, I get it! Now if you could just write all the patterns . . . Thanks!
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Old 05-04-2008, 06:23 PM   #6
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It's easy enough to skip over part of the instructions. That one did say `join 2nd ball of yarn'.... That's a clue that you'll be working with 2 strands of yarn and knitting each shoulder with each one of them.
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Yeah, if it had just said "work 36 sts, join 2nd ball of yarn AND USING THE NEW YARN bind off center 32 sts, work to end WITH 2ND YARN. Then, WORK EACH SIDE WITH SEPARATE YARNS, purl 1 row"

It's sort of like learning a new language, isn't it? I'm sure it will make sense as I become more experienced, but in the meantime, it's great to have resources like this forum to turn to.
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Well, it kind of did say that....

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work 36 sts, join 2nd ball of yarn and bind off center 32 sts, work to end. Working both sides at once, purl 1 row
After you work 36 sts, you join the 2nd ball of yarn, then the next instruction is to BO 32. So following that, you would then BO with the new yarn, and finish the row with it. Work both sides at once means to work them with separate yarn.
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