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Old 11-01-2007, 05:06 PM   #1
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Tree of Life Afghan pattern help
For some reason I thought I was ready to tackle this pattern but after reading through it and getting started I think I have bit off way too much, and the instructions are very confusing hence why I'm stuck and here.. with that said .. I'm NOT giving up! LOL
Heres where I am (pattern instructions in red)
Cast on 180 sts.
K 1 row. p 1 row.
Row 1 (WS): *K4, work Row 1 of Twin Trees pattern or follow Chart Row 1 for 40 sts; rep from * 3 more times, k4.
Row 2: *P4, work Row 2 of Twin Trees pattern for 40 sts; rep from * 3 more times, p4.
Continue in established pattern following row-by-row instructions for 58 rows, ending with a
RS row.
P 1 row.

PATTERN STITCHES
Twin Trees
Row 1 (WS): K12, p4, k8, p4, k12 -- 40 sts.
Rows 2-15: K the k sts and p the p sts as they appear.
Row 16: P12, M1, k4, p8, k4, M1, p12 -- 42 sts.

Row 16 is where I'm stuck .. its not adding up over the 180 stitches.
Help please
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Old 11-01-2007, 05:46 PM   #2
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I think your problem may be in the M1 increase. You can't use a stitch to make the increase. You have to do it between the stitches by lifting the bar between the stitches and knit into the back of it.

If you've been doing a kfb, you're using a stitch and that will throw your count off.
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Originally Posted by Ingrid View Post
I think your problem may be in the M1 increase. You can't use a stitch to make the increase. You have to do it between the stitches by lifting the bar between the stitches and knit into the back of it.

If you've been doing a kfb, you're using a stitch and that will throw your count off.
No the M1b wasnt the problem its where do I add the purl 4's just at the begining and end OR do I do it after each set of 42? OR do I just knit 42 stitches and repeat until I run out of stitches and dont worry about the count just stop when Im out of 180 stitches?
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I imagine that you want to keep the other stitches lined up properly.


If you

p12, m1, k4, p8, k4, m1, p12, you'll use 40 stitches and end up with 42 in each section. Since you're using 40 stitches, it should work like every other row, but you'll have 13 stitches in the area where you had 12 before in the next row.

What does the next row have you do?
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Originally Posted by Ingrid View Post
I imagine that you want to keep the other stitches lined up properly.


If you

p12, m1, k4, p8, k4, m1, p12, you'll use 40 stitches and end up with 42 in each section. Since you're using 40 stitches, it should work like every other row, but you'll have 13 stitches in the area where you had 12 before in the next row
What does the next row have you do?
Next rows are as follows:
Row 17 and all remaining WS rows: K the k sts and p the p sts as they appear.
Row 18: P12, k1, M1, k4, p8, k4, M1, k1, p12 -- 44 sts.
Row 20: P10, 2/2 PRC, k4, M1, p8, M1, k4, 2/2, PLC, p10 -- 46 sts.
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I really looks like it should work out. You're adding stitches with the M1's, and the following rows take them into account.

Where exactly is the problem with Row 16?
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I really looks like it should work out. You're adding stitches with the M1's, and the following rows take them into account.

Where exactly is the problem with Row 16?
I'm sorry I'm not making sense .. I've frustrated myself LOL
What I need to know is do I just knit it as stated or do I Purl 4 at the beginning and end of that row.
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OK, I see what you mean. Sorry I made it more complicated.

It's hard to say without seeing it, but do you have a border so far at the edge of the afghan?

I just searched for a picture of the afghan, and the one I found was from Mary Maxim. That one appears to have a cable-y border. Is that it?

Can you post a pic? Or if you want, you can PM the pattern and I'll take a look at it.
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I just found the Lion Brand pattern, and it looks like you keep the 4-stitch border all the way around. Does the pattern have you add a fancier border when you're done?

I just re-read your PM from this morning, and you did mention that it was the LionBrand one.
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Whats throwing me I guess is this: Row 2: *P4, work Row 2 of Twin Trees pattern for 40 sts; rep from * 3 more times, p4.
Continue in established pattern following row-by-row instructions for 58 rows, ending with a
RS row.

So do I purl 4 on row 16 THEN follow the pattern or just start with the pattern as stated on row 16 .. if I do the latter its not going to add up to 180 stitches I'm going to have stitches left over.
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