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Old 01-04-2007, 11:54 PM   #1
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Bird's eye stitch?
I wanted to make a scarf using the bird's eye pattern. I cast on 32 stitches, did 2 rows of knit stitch and then started the bird's eye. I am 3 repeats in and I now have 68 stitches on the needle.. I have no idea what happened! I messed up the first repeat a bit, but not that much.

The pattern is here

http://www.knittingfool.com/pages/st...&rplus=0&sym=0

Can anyone help me out? I am using paton's SWS yarn and it is really hard to frog, so I don't want to if I don't have to-- besides that it makes the yarn all fuzzy if I do..
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Old 01-05-2007, 12:14 AM   #2
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OK, i ve been knitting for years, and it took me a while
(i thought the directions were confusing)

(my comments in blue)

R1--K2 tog, (yo) twice, k2 tog

*K2 tog, (decrease) make 2 yarn overs (double increase), K2tog, (decrease) REPEAT from *so row 1 is:
K2 tog, (yo) twice, k2 tog, K2 tog, (yo) twice, k2 tog, K2 tog, (yo) twice, k2 tog
(is this what you did? or did you miss the 2 K2togs in a row? )
R2-- K1, (k1, p1) into 2 yo's of previous row, k1
(no increases or decreases)

R3 K2 *2k tog, (yo) twice, k2 tog ending k2
the same as row 1 really but 'offset 2 stitches
k2, K2 tog, (yo) twice, k2 tog, K2 tog, (yo) twice, k2 tog, K2 tog, (yo) twice, k2 tog, K2

R4--K2 *k1, (k1, p1) into 2 yo's of previous row, k1 ending k2
Row 4 is just like row 2, (no increases or decreases) but it, too, is offset 2 sittches.

Is that what you knit.. (at first glance, i missed the "pattern" and thought it was K2tog, YO, YO. (end row with knit 2 tog) )
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Old 01-05-2007, 12:22 AM   #3
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I *think* that the part I messed up on (the first repeat), was that I didn't do the two K2tog's and only did one.. but after that I know I straightened that out.

Aw.. that means I do have to frog it.. that will take forever. Thanks for your help, I still have trouble with reading patterns.
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Old 01-05-2007, 10:45 AM   #4
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i have seen that site (knitting fool) before, and i find the directions there hard to read (and i generally don't have trouble reading directions. (i have designed stitch patterns, and written them!)

to understand, i cut and pasted (i used to re-write or re-type!) any pattern i didn't understand--i find that is the best way for me to learn.

(meanwhile you should always, always swatch a pattern before you start..

get some cheap cotton (kitchen cotton) and make yourself washclothes, (dish clothes if needs be) or coasters (you can always use more coasters!) and always swatch a pattern in cheap yarn to learn it..

then you don't have to frog your good yarn!
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Old 01-05-2007, 12:14 PM   #5
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Well, I have read about swatching, but I thought it was just for a gauge thing, like when making clothing.. but I see now why I should have anyway..
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