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Old 01-28-2009, 09:35 PM   #1
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HELP...my basketweave went goofy!
I am knitting a simple basketweave scarf and am almost finished with it. But I picked it up tonight and started working on it...just like I have for the whole thing and the basketweave alternated on me somehow and I can't figure it out. I was hoping someone more experienced could decifer it for me.

The pattern is done in a series of 5 rows:

Rows 1,3,5: K4, P4, K4, P4, K4
Rows 2, 4: P4, K4, P4, K4, P4

Simple right?!

I did three rows tonight without looking at my finished work as I went and when I did look I noticed that it is no longer alternating. The knits are all on top of each other and the purls are all on top of each other for the entire 3 rows. Where did I mess up? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 01-28-2009, 11:22 PM   #2
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That should be right, all 5 rows will have the knits over the knits and the purls over the purls. I think... If you're only working on 20 sts.... Can you link to the pattern or a picture of it.
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:45 PM   #3
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The knits and purls have alternated on top of each other for the entire scarf. Maybe I have been doing it wrong all along and finally got it right. LOL! I will work on getting a pic of it.
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:57 PM   #4
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How many sts are you supposed to be working on? The back of a knit is a purl, so if you're only working on 20 sts, the odd rows end with a k4, and the even rows end with p4, so that's right. (Because the knits from row 1 look like purls when you go to the next row) But after you complete the 5 rows, then do R 1 again, it will be opposite the previous rows. Looks something like this (Vs are knit, - are purl):

vvvv----vvvv----
vvvv----vvvv----
vvvv----vvvv----
vvvv----vvvv----
vvvv----vvvv----
----vvvv----vvvv
----vvvv----vvvv
----vvvv----vvvv
----vvvv----vvvv
----vvvv----vvvv
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:21 AM   #5
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I appreciate you taking the time to help me. The way you have it pictured is the way the bulk of the scarf is. The 3 sections (of 5) that I did tonight look identical, like this:


vvvv----vvvv----
vvvv----vvvv----
vvvv----vvvv----
vvvv----vvvv----
vvvv----vvvv----

vvvv----vvvv----
vvvv----vvvv----
vvvv----vvvv----
vvvv----vvvv----
vvvv----vvvv----

Somewhere I got something out of order or??? I can't figure out why it went screwy on me.
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:03 AM   #6
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You might have done a 6th row just like 2 and 4, which would throw off the pattern.
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:28 AM   #7
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Aaaaah! I figured it would have to be something like that but wasn't sure how to get it back on track. This might really show my knitting noviceness but if I were to do just 4 rows on the next section, would it straighten itself out again? Or would I need to 6 again? I feel silly because this is SUCH a simple pattern but I appreciate people like you who are willing to help.
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Welllllll... you could always take it out back to that extra row. But you could try and do an odd row (1, 3 or 5) twice and that should fix it back to the alternating knit/purl blocks. Or do row 2 or 4 twice, just do one or the other, then get back into the right order.
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:48 AM   #9
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Cool! I'm off to the needle races again!
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