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Old 06-09-2008, 02:39 PM   #1
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Stitch pattern question...
If you have a stitch pattern that was written for knitting flat as "multiple of 9 plus 4" what must you do to convert that to knitting in the round? Do you drop the 4?

I know that you have to reverse the knits and purls.
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Old 06-09-2008, 02:42 PM   #2
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Usually - but not always, you would drop the "+ whatever". I have seen stitch patterns where it was necessary to retain part of them.
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Old 06-09-2008, 02:43 PM   #3
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It's still the same proportion, I believe. In addition to switching the knits and purls, you also have to read the wrong-side rows from left to right.

I think the main thing to look at is if those + stitches are edges--then you wouldn't have to include them.
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Old 06-09-2008, 04:39 PM   #4
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I should have put this in the first post. Here's the stitch pattern in question -

Multiple of 9 sts plus 4
Row 1 + 3
- purl (you knit this in the round though)
Row 2 - k3, *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1* repeat from *, end k1
Row 4 - k2, *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1* repeat from *, end k2

I haven't done it yet..well I started to, but messed up. I'm making a summer tee and I am going to see if this will look nice as an edging..it's the Vine Lace. Sandy on Knitting Daily has a different version for a little hat knit in the round which is where I started to wonder if I needed to do something different.
http://www.knittingdaily.com/blogs/p...-baby-hat.aspx

I guess it doesn't really matter as long as I'm consistent, but I'm curious and would like to start it correctly so I don't have to frog again.
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Old 06-09-2008, 08:09 PM   #5
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I revamped a similar pattern not long ago from flat to round and had a terrible time trying to figure it out until I did a swatch with the flat instructions. I included 4-5 repeats in the swatch and did about 3 inches which gave me a good view of how the repeats connected to each other. After that I was able to convert it to circular knitting in no time!
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Old 06-09-2008, 08:26 PM   #6
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Excellent idea, Spokaloo!
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Looking at this pattern, since the rows end with a different number to knit, I'd include them in the pattern. It spaces out the vine lace st a little, though you could cut out one or 2 of those extra sts if you think that looks better.
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Thanks Sue and all. I think I'll give it a try.
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