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Old 11-01-2006, 10:02 PM   #1
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seed stitching and changing a pattern
hi, me again. so, it turns out i can't seed stitch at all. it looks messy and random, and i find it rather difficult and time-consuming. i know i should probably just practice it more, but i wanted to know if i could just do garter stitch on the border for this pattern instead.

http://www.yarnagogo.com/good_ole_cabled_scarf/

would it still look good? also what confuses me about seed stich, if i wanted to drop the first stich of every row, how would i do that? would i just slip it off with the needle in as if i was going to knit/purl it? (whichever one it would have been.) i get confused easily with this type of thing. :thinking:
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Old 11-01-2006, 10:14 PM   #2
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This is the best method for slipping stitches to make a nice edge, in my opinion. In this method, it does not matter what stitch pattern you are using - every single row has the same done, first stitch slipped as if to purl with yarn in front and last stitch of every row knitted.

You could for sure do garter stitch rather than seed stitch if that is easier for you at this point. Be assured though that seed stitch isn't as confusing as it seems. In seed stitch, a stitch that was knitted on one row, is also knitted on the next row. Likewise a stitch that was purled on one row gets purled on the next row.
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Old 11-01-2006, 11:21 PM   #3
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thank you, that looks great! *bookmarks*

it seems i have run into another problem. the first few rows i did look great, but they were knit very tight and difficult to do. i could barely move my work on the needle. i loosened up a little, but now it looks sloppy and uneven. any tips? (i'm just practising a bit right now, i want to make sure i know what i'm doing before i start anything.)
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Are you talking in general, or the cable part?? Making cables IS tighter and more awkward than normal knitting - you're reversing the order of the stitches, afterall. They have to stretch a lot further than usual.
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Old 11-02-2006, 12:00 AM   #5
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just in general. i haven't even attempted the cables yet.
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Old 11-02-2006, 12:02 AM   #6
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Take a look at this article about 'loosening up'. It helped me A LOT because I was a very tight knitter.
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thanks! if you're not tired of questions, i just have (hopefully) one more... this part of the pattern confuses me:

"R5: (k1 p1) 3 times, k4, p2, k9, p2, k4, (p1 k1) 3 times.
R6: (k1 p1) 3 times, k1, p3, k2, p9, k2, p3, k1, (p1 k1), 3 times."

what is the purpose of alternating between 3 and 4 stitches on the rib? thank you so much for all of your help.
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I believe that the first knit stitch of the 'K4' is still part of the seed stitch border. So the P3's in your row 6 instruction form a rib with 3 of the 4 knit stitches in the 'K4'. Does that make sense???
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oh, of course. so the ribbing is only 3 stitches wide. thank you.
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Yes, that's right. Sorry if I mis-lead you earlier by talking about the 4 stitch rib. I didn't read the pattern closely enough.
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