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Old 06-09-2012, 04:19 AM   #1
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decreasing keeping pattern correct
Hello, I am new to this site. I have been knitting for quite a few years and thought I was good at it..........until now!
I am knitting a cardi for a one year old which is a lacy one, 16 rows make the pattern, and I have to decrease 1 stitch at the BEGINNING of every 5th row keeping pattern correct. I started with 27 stitches and now have 24 left, I need to get to 19! I am stuck on the next row and have to keep unpicking it, the wool is now getting quite fluffy as you can imagine!!!! The row I am stuck on is as follows: K3, yfwd s1 k1 psso k4, yfwd s1 k1 psso k4, yfwd s1 k1 psso k4, yfwd s1 k1 psso k4 (27 stitches), I now have 23 and need 23 when I have finished as this is not a decrease row but I don't know where to start, I have even written the row out longhand going backwards and I get the 'holes' in the wrong place! Is there anyone out there that can help a very frustrated knitter? Thankyou in advance x
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Old 06-09-2012, 05:05 AM   #2
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If you can't do a full repeat (yfwd, s1 k1 psso) on the row, substitute stockinette st for that repeat. For this row it would be:
k5, yfwd s1 k1 psso k4, yfwd s1 k1 psso k4, yfwd s1 k1 psso k4 (23 stitches), Instead of 4 repeats of yfwd, s1 k1 psso you only have 3 repeats.
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Old 06-09-2012, 07:48 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by salmonmac View Post
If you can't do a full repeat (yfwd, s1 k1 psso) on the row, substitute stockinette st for that repeat. For this row it would be:
k5, yfwd s1 k1 psso k4, yfwd s1 k1 psso k4, yfwd s1 k1 psso k4 (23 stitches), Instead of 4 repeats of yfwd, s1 k1 psso you only have 3 repeats.
Thankyou so much, its so simple when you know the answer, it has worked, I must have been doing something stupid................not a first! Thanx again!
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Old 06-09-2012, 07:56 AM   #4
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It's easy to get hung up on these kinds of things. It happens to all of us. Enjoy finishing up the rest of the cardigan.
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Old 06-28-2012, 06:11 PM   #5
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also don't increase/decrease in that first/last stitch of a row. work those 1 stitch inward. this will make it much easier for you to sew up the knits later.
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