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Old 09-01-2010, 06:46 PM   #1
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Help With Reverse Shaping Please?
Hi, I am currently knitting a cat tea cosy. (Pattern not on web as far as I know.) I have just knitted one of the back legs. However, for the underside it says to work as given for upper leg , reversing shaping. I am probibly being a bit thick here but I have no clue where to start. I don't know how or which bits to reverse. If anybody could give any help please, I'd be very greatful.
Here is the pattern for the upper leg:

BACK LEGS (Work 2 alike)

Worked sideways.

Upper Leg:

Usuing 4mm needles, cast on 12 sts. Beg with a purl row, cont in st-st and work 2 rows. Inc one stitch at each end of next 5 rows. 22 sts. Work 9 rows.

Next Row.

P2tog, p10, p2tog, turn and work on these 12 sts for first side, leaving rem 8 sts on a holder. Work 1 row, then dec one st at each end of next and foll alt row. 8 sts. Work 1 row. Cast off.
With purl side facing, rejoin yarn to rem sts and work to end. Work 9 rows in st-st, ending with a knit row. Knit 1 row. Begining with a knit row, work 8 rows in st-st. Cut off yarn. Thread through sts, pull up tightly and secure.

Underside Leg

Work as given for upper leg, reversing shapings. With purl sides tog, sew around edges, leaving an opening in cast-on edge. Turn to rs, then close opening.

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Old 09-01-2010, 11:20 PM   #2
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I had a thought. Does it mean I shout knit where it says purl, and purl where it says knit?

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Old 09-01-2010, 11:50 PM   #3
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No, you're to reverse the shaping not the stitches; the decreases do the shaping. So where you dec at the beg of a row on one leg, you'd do it at the end of the row on the other.
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Thank you for your reply Suzeeq. Told you I didn't know what I was supposed to do! Lol.
Ok, I understand what you are saying there, but this pattern has the decreases at each end of the same row. If I swapped those around they'd be the same surely?
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if that is all there is to the pattern then I do not see why you need to reverse it. It will be symetrical anyway. Keep it going easily, make 2 alike, sew them on on different sides of the cat.
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Ok, I understand what you are saying there, but this pattern has the decreases at each end of the same row. If I swapped those around they'd be the same surely?
Not all the decs are on the same row, the first one isn't -
"P2tog, p10, p2tog, turn and work on these 12 sts for first side, leaving rem 8 sts on a holder."
Here you'd do them on the RS row doing k2tog.
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Thanks for all the replies and help everyone. I had an idea earlier and tried it, and it worked! :D The bit I had to reverse was the, P2tog, p10, p2tog, turn and work on these 12 sts for first side, leaving rem 8 sts on a holder. I just did the 8 remaining stitches first instead of the 12, and vice versa.

Hyperactive, I have to make 4 of them and sew two together so they wouldn't all be symetrical.. It comes out shaped like the hip and paw of a cat. Like them sitting down and you have the curve of their leg then the sticky out bit of their paw. That was hard to describe, I hope that made sense! lol.
Thanks again everyone, I appreciate your help.
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