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Old 04-18-2007, 10:00 AM   #1
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Which increase to use in purl row?
I'm knitting the Berroco La Cieniga sweater, which is basically stockinette with K1P1 ribbing at top and bottom. I'm at a point in the pattern where I'm supposed to increase evenly across a purl row - I tried it once and ended up, apparently, with lots of yarn-overs, since I had lovely little holes beneath each added stitch.

So my question is, what is the best purl increase to use when moving from stockinette into ribbing?

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Old 04-18-2007, 01:02 PM   #2
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Don't know the answer, but will bump this for you. I thought patterns usually increased on knit rows.
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Old 04-18-2007, 01:14 PM   #3
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Perhaps some insight here:

http://www.knitting.co.nz/site/page_..._learntoknit6/

I always do my incs on the WS P row when transitioning from rib to body st. I've had good luck with the raised(M1) as it is easily 'lost' in the tension difference. ETA: I've also used the PF&B successfully. For me, depends on how much of a tension diff there is between the rib and the body. Whereas I never want any pull in the lower rib (around the hips of my cardis) I DO want it in the wrist. Also, I find that I might switch out which I use based on the width of the piece and how many incs need to be done. One inc might be more effective over a shorter field than the other.

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Old 04-18-2007, 01:32 PM   #4
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Thanks, cam - and Jan, for some reason this pattern calls for both decreases and increases to be done in purl rows - I'm guessing to keep them more invisible? And now that I think about it, maybe I'll just ignore that and do the rest of them in knit rows if I can't get the purl increases to work right - I can't imagine it'll make that much of a visible difference.
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Karen,

Depending on what you're transitioning to, the incs could be worked in the body. If st st, wouldn't really matter. But when I'm working pattern stitch, including cable, etc I want to know my avail live sts when I hit the RS row. Don't want to get to cable and THEN have to calc how to add the inc. If my WS(P) row, coming out of the ribbing, contains whatever chgs (inc/dec) then I'm all set to work the pattern and not have to be concerned about other changes in that same row. Make sense?

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Originally Posted by Jan in CA
Don't know the answer, but will bump this for you. I thought patterns usually increased on knit rows.
Not always...

Pfb works, as do the purl equivlants of M1, and MLR/MLL.

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Old 04-19-2007, 09:18 AM   #7
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Thanks, cam and sue, for the additional comments. In this case, it is just stockinette - but I'm going to give Pfb a try, I think (I was trying to do an M1 increase on the purl side but obviously did something wrong, because that's how I ended up with all those holes!).
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Did you remember to twist the picked up bar as you purled it? Not doing so is the most common reason for holes. And there may be a small one initially, but as you knit more and after it's blocked out, will likely disappear.

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Probably not! I'm sure that's the problem... and I'm not exactly sure how to twist it...
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Depends how you pick it up... if you insert your left needle into the stitch from front to back you purl through the back loop. If inserted from back to front, purl through the front loop. <hint> The last one is easier to do....

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