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Old 01-25-2009, 11:20 PM   #1
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Multiples of 14 + 1
Hi,

How do I figure out how many stitches to cast on? I have a pattern I would like to knit. It tells me to ((Cast on a multiple of 14 sts + 1)
Note: Due to the nature of this pat st, the number of sts will vary from row to row.)

(Here is the link if anyone would like to look at it.)

http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/lurema/lurema.html

Does anyone have a favorite knitting book that does a good job of explaining techniques for beginners?

Thanks so much!!!
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Old 01-25-2009, 11:32 PM   #2
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Um, wow.

That's quite complicated for a beginner. Not to say you shouldn't go for it - I made a scarf, a baby blanket, and then jumped in with a cardigan and cabled fingerless gloves.

Most of the abbreviations and stitches are demonstrated in the movies here - they're great!

The multiple of 14+1 means to start out your project with any number of stitches that can be divided by 14, and then add one. So you can cast on 15 or 29, or 43.

Although, reading that pattern.... I can't follow it. I'm not a lace fan, and haven't tried it yet, but I can't even make the numbers come out right.

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That's odd, it seems like it should tell you how many to cast on to make the head thing. For the scarf it says to cast on 33 which is not a multiple of 14 + 1?

If you want a multiple of 14+1 I think I would go with 29 and see how that goes. 14+14=28+1=29.

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Note: Due to the nature of this pat st, the number of sts will vary from row to row.)
Is that the number of stitches you start with will change over the course of the pattern. Some patterns tell you which rows you can count on to have the number you started with, and some tell you how many you have at the end of each row. I didn't notice if this one gave you any help that way.
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Thank you for your replies. I never pick anything to simple. I guess you could say I'm an intermediate beginner if there is any such thing. I just finished A touch of Whimsy hat and really enjoyed it. I appreciate the explanation of the mult. + 1. That's what I thought, but I could not get the numbers to work out either so I thought I must be doing something wrong. I guess I will give it a try and see how it turns out. Thanks again.
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The stitch pattern itself is a multiple of 14 +1, but a scarf would add edge stitches. So the 33 is 29 plus 4 sts for the edges.
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
The stitch pattern itself is a multiple of 14 +1, but a scarf would add edge stitches. So the 33 is 29 plus 4 sts for the edges.
Thank-you very much. That makes so much sense. It is really fun to learn how things work. I am really enjoying my knitting adventure. I have crocheted for years, and I have now discovered that I like knitting more.
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I think that the pattern is in error in saying cast on 14+1 sts. It should ready cast on 14+5 stitches because the first row clearly shows a 14 stitch repeat with 5 more stitches on the edges.
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I think that the pattern is in error in saying cast on 14+1 sts. It should ready cast on 14+5 stitches because the first row clearly shows a 14 stitch repeat with 5 more stitches on the edges.
Thank you, I haven't started the project yet. I really appreciate the help. It would have probably taken me awhile to figure that out.
Thanks again for your time.
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[quote][ I think that the pattern is in error in saying cast on 14+1 sts. /QUOTE]

That's not an error, it's for the stitch pattern only, if you wanted to try it out for a swatch, or use it in another item, like a panel on a sweater. The instructions for the actual item, the scarf, have the correct cast on number.
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Old 01-26-2009, 10:28 PM   #10
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So, 29 is the correct number of stitches to cast on. I can't wait to get started on this. When I finish it I will post a picture. Thanks again.
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