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Old 08-17-2013, 11:28 AM   #1
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debbie bliss duffle coat
I cannot figure out how to start the hood on this pattern.I can not seem to figure out the pattern instructions in the debbie bliss duffle coat pattern. I have sewed the shoulder seams. This is where i get confused. The pattern says, next row (RS) K29 from right front, cast on 44, K29 from left front. (102) st. Cont. in garter st. until hood measures 9 1/2 ending with WS row. Bind off. Any and all help appreciated. Thanks N3ll
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:41 AM   #2
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Sounds like you have sts on holders for the right and left fronts. I would follow the instructions as given, knit across the 29sts for the R front,then take the needle with the sts in your left hand and cable or knit cast on 44sts, switch the needle back to the right hand and knit the 29sts of the L front. There are probably directions later for sttaching the hood to the back of the coat.
There are videos under the Free Videos tab at the top of the page, Cast Ons if you need them.
If I understand the orientation of the sts correctly, it may be better to do a 3needle bind off to seam the two edges of the hood at the top rather than bind off. It's a darling coat! http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/duffle-coat
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:01 PM   #3
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To clarify more on this debbie bliss duffle coat, am I using two sets of needles at this point? Forgive me if I sound dumb, again the pattern instructions are so vague and there are no diagrams.
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Old 08-18-2013, 06:22 AM   #4
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You're going to use the one set of working needles that you have been using all along. I don't have the pattern but it seems that you've finished the main body and have 29sts on hold on the fronts. Start with the right front (as you would wear the sweater) and knit the 29 off the holder. Now switch the needle with these sts (the working yarn will be haning off the tip) from right to left hand to cast on the new sts next to the ones you've just knit. Once you've cast the sts on, take the needle back in the right hand and knit the 29sts from the left front. Continue knitting back and forth on these sts.
The sts at each end of the needle will frame the face and form the edge of the hood.
These are all very good questions, believe me. Debbie Bliss is very definite about what she wants done but indeed vague at times about how to get there.
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:50 AM   #5
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If I post a picture of what I have knitted so far would this help with my questions? I think I might have co the extra stitches in the wrong direction. Do I cast on towards the shoulder seam on the right front so the new stitches are on the "end" of the needle? I did it towards the opening of the coat. Hmmmm. You have been a big help thanks. N3ll
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A picture is helpful. If you start by placing the sts on the right front on the needle going from the coat opening to the shoulder seam, you'll then cast on sts and the needle point will be heading toward the shoulder seam on the left shoulder. Then you place the left front sts from the left shoulder seam to the front opening on the needle. (The right front is on the wearer's right, not the right as the coat faces you.)
Basically, the cast on sts will be along the back of the coat. Later you probably seam the cast on edge to the back at the neck.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:49 PM   #7
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I think I might be backwards with the CO.
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I think you're right about the CO but I wouldn't say for sure. I mostly stopped to say, that is beautiful! Good for you for persevering and finishing it. I love your yarn choice. This will be a treasured baby sweater.
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Yes, I agree. in the first picture, it looks like the cast on sts are at the front opening and at the back end of the needle. The cast on sts should be at the end of the needle near the point at this step. Slip the front sts back to the holder, take out the cast on sts and then put the front sts back onto the needle starting at the front opening and ending at the shoulder seam. Now, cast on the 44sts which will line up over the back of the coat and go on to pick up the sts on the left front from the seam line to the opening. It looks beautiful by the way. Lovely work.
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Thank you for all the input, I will fix this CO and go from there. You will probably hear from me again N3ll
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