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Old 08-15-2013, 08:45 AM   #1
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Help with pattern
Hi all,

I have been given some great help with my pattern a few days ago but still struggling.......... I am knitting a lacey sleeve. I've knitted to a point and then decreased each side and with help kept the pattern correct.


The next instructions are to decrease in next row one at either end and then every alt row.

So the next decrease is in row 3 of my pattern. This will be a pattern row again, there are eight rows to my pattern row 1,3,5,7 and the 2,4,6,8, are purl. So I am thinking there should be an easier way of knowing where I should start after my decreases but I can't see it.

next row 3 is s1, k1, *k1, yfwd, s1, 2ktog, psso, yfwd, k2 * k1

row 4 purl

row 5 s1 k1 *k2tog, yfwd, k1, yfwd, s1, k1, psso, k1,* k1


All handy hints and tips would be good, I have a counter for the rows as I now have to do this 38 times until 7sts are left.

Sorry in advance for the essay

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Old 08-15-2013, 11:01 AM   #2
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Hi Nat - The easiest way to do your decreases would be to omit the yfwd that is closest to the edge of the row.

"next row 3 is s1, k1, *k1, yfwd, s1, 2ktog, psso, yfwd, k2 * k1"

For instance, if you are doing decreases in row 3 you would eliminate the first yfwd at the beginning of the row and the last yfwd at the end of the row.
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You may find it helpful to use a stitch marker in between the first and second pattern repeat and between the next to last and the last pattern repeat, just to keep things straight. As you continue in your decreases and eliminate a pattern repeat on either side of the sleeve, you can then move your stitch marker to between what will become the first and second pattern repeats and the next to last and last pattern repeats.

As you move along with your pattern decreases, you may find that you will need to do a decrease in the end pattern repeats other than eliminating a yfwd. If you find yourself at this juncture and are in need of assistance, we are here to help
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:13 PM   #4
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Claire's advice is good especially for row 3 decreases. And markers are always helpful. You could even use them between all the pattern repeats since you're going to be decreasing so many sts.
It's not so obvious how to decrease in lace patterns so I don't think you're missing any easy trick. What I find helpful in most patterns is to give up the first and last repeat and switch to stockinette stitch for those end repeats. Use the stockinette stitches for decreases until you need to "invade" another repeat for decrease stitches. Most of the time the decreases fall on a seamline anyway and don't show.
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Thank you Ladies, this is really helpful advice. I am glad that I am not missing a trick lol! It's good to know as it's teaching me to read my knitting more and more, but my oh my the concentration levels I need as only a confident novice is huge.

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I find that lacy patterns always take concentration. If you ignore them for just a minute they get into terrible trouble. Reading your knitting is one of the most valuable things to learn. Saves much ripping out of rows.
One thing that may help, perhaps not for this pattern but in the future, is a lifeline.
If you'd like to post a picture, we'd love to see the finished sweater.
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I ran across this video, you might find it to be useful:

Shaping in Lace Knitting

I have a project that requires shaping with no proper instructions, this video will be immensely helpful for me, also. Amazing how things work out.
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Thanks Claire, that's very clearly explained.
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