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Old 03-09-2009, 12:06 PM   #1
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I am knitting a simple sweater from a free "Drops Design " pattern
When I will reach the point where I have to knit front and back separately, they ask me to decrease for the neckline the following
every 2 ranks 1time 3st
3times 2st ( this is for XL and translated from
3times 1st French
I thought this was done one after the other , but they say at the same time. the pattern is badly translated from French, but here is what they say.
At the same time continue declines for the handles(sleeves)0-0-0-1-1
times 3m(st),2m times1-2-3-3-5 and 1-2-2-3-3-after one m.A little confusing. Help please!
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Old 03-09-2009, 12:33 PM   #2
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It's translated from one of the scandinavian languages unless you picked the french version and translated that one; they can be difficult to follow.

"every 2 ranks 1time 3st"

BO 3 sts at the neckline.

"3times 2st ( this is for XL and translated from 3times 1st French"

BO 2 sts at the neckline

"At the same time continue declines for the handles (sleeves)0-0-0-1-1 times 3m(st),2m times1-2-3-3-5 and 1-2-2-3-3-after one m."

While you're doing the neck decreases, you would also contine the decs at the armhole edge according to which size you're making.

Do you have a link to the pattern and is there an english version of it?
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Old 03-10-2009, 12:47 PM   #3
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I am not familiar with the term BO. Does it mean I do the decreases all following each other ,but together with the armhole decreases?

Sending the link for the pattern I am knitting XL.

http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/vi..._id=21&lang=en

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Old 03-10-2009, 01:00 PM   #4
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BO is bind off, same as cast off. The Drops patterns use cast off even when it's for one st, where we would use dec. They also say to cast off at both sides, which sounds like it would be on the same row, but you can't do that at the end of the row, you have to do one at the beg of the WS row.

Here's what it says for the neck:
"Dec. 1 st each side towards the neck on every other row 10-10-11-12-12 times and on every 4th row 5-6-6-6-6 times. At the same time when the piece measures 32-33-34-35-36 cm cast off 3 sts each side of the MT at the sides."

Work the neck decreases and then when the piec is the right length for your size, BO 3 sts on either side of the marker on each side. That would probably be 6 sts on each side. Then on the front only:

"Front piece: Continue to dec. for the neck shape. At the same time continue to cast off for the armholes each side on every other row: 3 sts 0-0-0-1-1 times, 2 sts 1-2-3-3-5 times and 1 st 1-2-2-3-3 times."

Do the armhole shaping at the same times as you continue the neck shaping. Cast off 3 sts xxxxx times, means to cast off at the beg of 2 rows. So first you bind off 3 sts on the RS, and 3 on the WS. Then 2 sts at the beg of the next 6 rows, then dec 1 st on both ends of the RS row 3 times.

And looking at the picture, it looks like the decreases for the neck start about the same time as the shaping for the armholes.
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Old 03-10-2009, 07:45 PM   #5
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Now you know why I zealously avoid Drops patterns. Waaaaay too cryptic for me.
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