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Old 01-05-2007, 10:14 PM   #1
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An odd raglan pattern is driving me nuts!
I'm working on a raglan sleeve man's cardigan. I've made raglan before, but the instructions in this one are very different. I should mention that the pattern is from a Spinnerin knitting book from 1964 or 1965. The pattern forms a somewhat more intricate design than the average raglan.

The pattern reads as follows:

RAGLAN ARMHOLES: Bind off 2 sts. at beg of next 2 rowsl.
...this is not a problem...lol
what follows is!!

ROW 3 (This is where I get lost!): K2, skip 1, K thru front loop (leaving st on needle), K skipped st, K2 tog, K to last 6 sts, sl 1, K1, psso, skip 1, K next st thru back loop (leaving st on needle), K skipped st, K2.

Is "skip 1" the same as doing a "slip 1?"
When instructed to leave the "K thru front loop" on the needle, does that mean I'm supposed to leave it on the left needle? ...and if that is correct, then am I supposed to then move the skipped stitch back to the left hand needle in order to knit it?

The instructions then instruct Row 4: Purl...
and then says to "Rep last 2 rows a certain number of times (depending on the size), and to bind of the remaining stitches that will be left.

I have tried to work this out on a separate swatch so I won't wear out the yarn on the actual project ( ...but after much head-banging (what a headache I have!) I realize I'd better send out an SOS here!

I'm sure I'm going to feel like a total moron when someone here explains how simple this actually is...but, I really don't get it.
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Old 01-06-2007, 12:29 AM   #2
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K2, skip 1, K thru front loop (leaving st on needle), K skipped st, K2 tog, K to last 6 sts, sl 1, K1, psso, skip 1, K next st thru back loop (leaving st on needle), K skipped st, K2.

OK, K2 from the left needle to the right, as normal.

Then, knit the second stitch in from the left tip (you're skipping the stitch nearest to the left tip). Then knit the skipped stitch. Basically you're knitting them out of order to do a little twist--like a 2 stitch cable.

Same thing at the end, but by knitting the second stitch through the back loop, you're twisting them the other way.
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Old 01-06-2007, 10:16 AM   #3
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Whew! Now that I've finished doing my happy knitting dance, I have now recovered my composure so I can say, "THANK YOU, INGRID!"

Now to happily "rippit, rippit, rippit," knowing that I can do this!

Ingrid...my sincere thanks for being sooooo helpful!

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Hi, again!

Now that I explained my problem, and you were able to answer back with the marvelous expertise of a seasoned knitter, I thought I'd like to explain just a bit more about my making this particular sweater.

I'm 58 years old, and way, way, way back (some would now call them the "olden days." ), this was the pattern I used to make my first knitted sweater somewhere around '65 or '64...and it was for my boyfriend, who has now been my husband since 1968 (time flies, doesn't it?). Back in the early 70's, we unfortunately had a fire and along with most of our belongings this sweater no longer existed.

Well, recently I came across the Spinnerin book...amazed that I still had it, and fascinated that the sweater still seemed modern by today's standards. I asked my DH if he would like me to make it for him again and he said, "Definitely!" The original was dark teal, but this time I am making it in a heathered chocolate.

It really baffled me that I couldn't figure out the raglan pattern when I had made it years before without any assistance deciphering the pattern.

I am a "recent" breast cancer survivor, and I still seem to have a bit of what is called "chemo brain," which is probably what caused the problem (along with aging...lol...what a combination! )

I also have some problems with my hands due to treatment and current meds that I must take...but, I refuse to stop knitting...and while it might take me longer to complete projects, I'm just glad that I can happily click away with my needles!

Sooooo....while I don't think it will take too long to finish, I plan on hiding it once it's finished to present to him on our anniversary this coming June.



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It is amazing that you still have that book! I'm 53 an have been knitting on and off for most of my life, and have had a few old books floating around, myself. Nothing is really fashionable, but it's interesting to see my writing in them, even though I don't remember making the pattern.

I always find the process of knitting the item more rewarding than the finished product, so enjoy your knitting time and good luck on the sweater!
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Thanks. By the way, I originally paid $1.50 for the book, and when I recently searched the Internet I found someone offering it for $41.00...that I found amazing, also! When I first found my copy, it was still in A-one condition, but I've been dragging it everywhere with me since it popped up, and my daughter was teasing me that I am de-valuing it by not handling it with kid gloves...lol...but, since I have no plans to sell it, so I'm really not concerned.

I have some other vintage books (from my 89 year-old Mom)...most that would not be stylish by today's standards, but interesting to look at and get ideas from. One newborn book has some nice things, and if I still used a bedspread (does anyone?), one book has stunningly intricate bedspread patterns (stunningly intricate...is this proper grammar? )

I will try and take a photo of the sweater in the book and post it online...and, if my version turns out decently, I'll eventually post that, too.

Have a nice weekend, and once again, much thanks!

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Hi Suzanne,
Thanks for the great story! Hand-crafted items like knitting are so special. You can't help but imagine the hours of effort that went into creating every single stitch, then start thinking about the person who created it.

When I look at the vests my mum knitted over twenty years ago, I try to imagine her as my age, but in the eighties. Where was she when she knitted? What music was she listening to at the time? What was her hairstyle? (probably a perm!) It's fascinating! Thanks again for sharing your story.
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