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Old 05-19-2008, 09:46 PM   #1
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Help with reading this pattern.
Ok here is what the pattern says:

Maintaining pattern, at beg of row, bind off 13 sts twice, 2 sts8 times, then dec 1 st at each edge(every other row) 4 times 85 stitches.

I left out all th other stitch numbers as it really doesn't matter this is the stich and decreases that pertain to the size I am making.
Now does it mean on the first row I bind off the first 13 stitches and the next row the same thing and then 2 sts at a time 8 times? Or what? I am not that great at reading patterns all the time so help would be nice please.
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Old 05-19-2008, 10:54 PM   #2
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Now does it mean on the first row I bind off the first 13 stitches and the next row the same thing and then 2 sts at a time 8 times? Or what? I am not that great at reading patterns all the time so help would be nice please.
Yes I believe that's what the pattern writer is trying to say (badly).

There really should be a standard format for writing patterns. Some people really are terrible at it.
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Thanks Mason. I guess the worst thing I could do is try it that way and if it doesn't work out I frog a bit. This pattern is actually in a magazine written like that.
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bind off 13 sts twice, 2 sts8 times, then dec 1 st at each edge(every other row) 4 times 85 stitches.
When in doubt, write it out:

1) BO 13
2) BO 13

1) BO 2
2) BO 2
3) BO 2
4) BO 2
5) BO 2
6) BO 2
7) BO 2
8) BO 2

1) DEC 1
2) DEC 1
3) DEC 1
4) DEC 1

As you work each one, cross it off. If you need to note which side/edge the BO/dec is worked on, indicate that as well.

The wording on this pattern is fairly consistent with others.

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The wording on this pattern is fairly consistent with others.
Perhaps, maybe it's the old technical writer in me but I feel that if someone reads it and is not completely clear on what should be done then it's poorly written.
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I find a lot of differences in how patterns are written, and usually take the time to write out the difficult parts. Since I started journaling my projects, it's been a lot easier. (Thanks ArtLady!)
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Perhaps, maybe it's the old technical writer in me but I feel that if someone reads it and is not completely clear on what should be done then it's poorly written.
That's possible, but there's always some who don't understand a particular pattern, even though many people don't have a problem with it...
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That's possible, but there's always some who don't understand a particular pattern, even though many people don't have a problem with it...
Sure, I understand that. Really just being facetious.
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