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Old 03-15-2012, 07:38 PM   #1
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Flat working a pattern originally done in the round
so i am a new self taught knitter, and i have started adapting a pattern for a hat (found here: www(dot)knitculture(dot)com/our-blog/wise-old-owl-hats/) into a kindle case. and i have not gotten very far, only to the first cable row, and it hit me that i haven't got the foggiest clue of how to work the back side of this pattern!!! if there is anyone that could please help, i would much appreciate it!! also, posting what i have so far.

Abbreviations:
C4F: slip two sts onto cable needle and hold in front, k2, k2 from cable needle
C4B: slip two sts onto cable needle and hold in back, k2, k2 from cable needle
Cast on 24 sts.

Stockinette for 3 rows
i began the pattern on garter side, to match up with the preceeding purl stitches

Owl Cable:
Row 1: *k1 p3 k8 p3 k8 p1
Row 2: *k1 p8 k3 p8 k3 p1
Row 3: repeat row 1
Row 4: repeat row 2
i had to repeat row 2 to get the work back to the correct end to begin the cables.
Row 5: k1, p3, C4B, C4f, p3 C4B, C4F, p1
and here is my dead end!!
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:53 PM   #2
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For the wrong side rows, the easiest thing is to tell you to knit the stitches that look like knits and purl the st that look like purl bumps.
For row 2 you would have done:
k1, p8, k3, p8, k3, p1.
So for row 6, after the cable cross:
k1, p8, k3, p8, k3, p1.

Just read the pattern row from right to left and everywhere there is a knit st, substitute a purl and vice versa.
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Yes, work the sts however they look on the even rows. Cables are very much like ribbing except for the rows the sts cross, so they're a mix of knit and purl stitches. The sts only cross on row 5 which would be a RS row anyway.
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awesome, thank you guys so so much!! haha as i said i am a new knitter, and this is my first real project (well, really only my third project) and it was coming along nicely until i got there and i was like, oh, crud, what now?! but i will try to post a picture of how it is going so far and keep everyone updated on the pattern for those that would like to try it. also my first pattern translation, so feel free to point out my mistakes!!
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this is what i have so far, about to start in again
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Looks good!
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You've got it! I've used this pattern before in a baby sweater. It's a great idea to adapt it for a kindle cover.
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For a beginner, this looks pretty good. I always knit the knits and purl the purls on the wrong side. It beats having to keep track of these from a pattern. In addition to looking beautiful, the cables are also going to cushion your Kindle in case you accidentally drop it.
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just another update of where i got to last night!
the last row that i did i somehow lost a stitch so i just did a simple M1 increase to make up for the lost stitch. i can't notice where i lost one or the new one that i made, so i won't be fussy about it. one thing that i do know, the next time i do this pattern i will make a border on both sides, not just the right. i noticed it as i really got into it and decided not to start over lol.

here is the pattern thus far:

Stockinette stitch rows prior to beginning pattern, begin pattern garter side.

Row 1: *k1 p3 k8 p3 k8 p1
Row 2: *k1 p8 k3 p8 k3 p1
Row 3: repeat row 1
Row 4: repeat row 2
Row 5: k1, p3, C4B, C4f, p3 C4B, C4F, p1
Row 6: repeat row 2
Row 7: repeat row 1
Row 8: repeat row 2
Row 9: repeat row 1
Row 10: repeat row 2
Row 11: repeat row 1
Row 12: repeat row 2
Row 13: repeat row 5
Row 14: repeat row 2

thank you all for the support and kind words and help!
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finished product!!
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