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Old 01-25-2006, 03:04 PM   #1
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Reading a pattern
I have done the basics- knit, purl and then alternating them both every three stitches, to make a sort of cable effect- my question is how do you move on to something a bit harder?
The patterns and all the abbreviations are like Morse Code to me!
I would like to work on a project beyond scarves and shawls. I had wanted to have a crack at a jumper.
Does anyone have any tips on interpreting/reading a pattern?
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Old 01-25-2006, 03:13 PM   #2
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All the abbreviations you could need are listed above, to start with.

Most patterns follow the same format. When you have to repeat a series of stitches it usually has brackets or * around the stitches you need to repeat.

I suggest you find a pattern that you'd be interested in and give it a shot. If you have any questions, there are lots of people here who would be happy to translate.
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Old 01-26-2006, 12:25 AM   #3
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I'm not terribly brave at tackling complex knitting (or even intermediate) either. It isn't the knitting that scares me, it is understanding the instructions on the knitting patterns. Also having a 4 year old and a 7 1/2 year old who like to interupt doesn't help concentrating on a pattern. However, I too got sick of playing it safe with scarves, shawls and blankets and I recommend trying trickier projects on a smaller scale. If you want to try a sweater how about making one for a doll or baby first before moving on to an adult one. Good luck.
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Thank you both so much for your encouragement!
glomper you totally summed up what I have been feeling about patterns.
I am going to be brave and have a go!
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