converting patterns to circular
I am a beginner/ interm knitter--- I have knitted lots of scarves, then to purses ( the best learning tool for beginners) . I'm at the end of my first pullover sweater ( stripes and in the round) ( I converted two patterns for the striping and then converted it to the round) however; it has taken me about 4 mos to finish it -- I'm at the end. this was quite an undertaking for my first sweater--- ( I started it in a sweater class..) so I had some help from the class and the videos on thes site ( WHICH ARE MORE HELPFUL THAN ALL THE BOOKS I have purchased) And the best part is that it fits and it is very pretty. NOw I am on a sleeveless camisole that is knitted back and forth--- I could have converted it (I think,, ha, ha), but I wanted to see the difference.
My main confusion about converting is where to put the increases and decreases and which way they should slant . I understand that they would go by the 2 half markers, but how many stitches to leave between and which way do they slant? And if I use the increase where I knit into the back of the st below , there isn't really a slant, so would this be the best increase to use on a sweater knitted in the round? If someone has a specific rule of thumb they use, please share. Thanks once again for the great info.