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lilshaxter 03-15-2013 12:20 PM

Sweater Pattern Help
Hi everyone,
I used to knit a bit when I was younger but I have issues reading patterns and making something other than a scarf.

I was wondering if someone could help break down this knitting pattern for me.

I can look up tutorials on how to do the individual stitches but I get quite lost when it comes to how many rows I'm supposed to knit and what the #'s in the brackets mean - ex. Next row (RS): BO 15 (17, 20, 22, 25, 27, 30, 32) sts, knit to end.

I really do want to make this sweater so I will put in the effort :)

lilshaxter 03-15-2013 12:21 PM

salmonmac 03-15-2013 12:36 PM

Welcome to KH!
The numbers in the parentheses refer to the different sizes. Decide which size you want to make based on the measurements at the beginning of the pattern and then circle that size and the directions for that size throughout the pattern. So for this row, you would bind off the stitches indicated for your size.
There's a Glossary tab at the top of the page that will help with definitions and videos but come back here if you have questions.
This sweater comes in a very large range on sizes but it's very cute.

GrumpyGramma 03-15-2013 12:44 PM

That's a cute sweater. It looks like a fun knit. Learning to read and understand patterns can be challenging, I know it was for me. I'm sure you can learn to decipher the language of knitting and as salmonmac said, you can always get help here.

AH1OZ 03-15-2013 08:13 PM

when working with a pattern with so many sizing options i like to print it off and scratch out the numbers that do not pertain to me. so all i see is what i need.

i used to circle/highlight the numbers i needed, but would still find myself occasionally looking at the different numbers so when i was learning to read patterns just narrowing it down to what i needed worked best.

it may take some extra time in the beginning, but if you can go through the whole pattern and then start you also have an idea of what is coming up.

i never start by just knitting, i always read through and make any notes i need to before starting.

lilshaxter 04-10-2013 12:56 AM

Thanks so much for the warm welcome everyone!
I took everyone's advice and ran through it to figure out the knitting jargon. I have a few questions though.
The beginning seems pretty straight forward, however using a stitch holder makes me a little nervous, but I think I'll ask questions when I get to that.

My first question is how am I supposed to know when I'm supposed to use the circular needles? Right now the only thing I can anticipate those for is the sleeves.

And clarification on my 1st step is simply doing the back:
With colour A, CO 74 stitches
Work in St st, as described in the stitch guide, until piece measures 24" by 61 cm from CO edge (uncurl lower edge to measure correctly), ending with a WS row completed."

Simply said, I am casting off 74 stitches and following the stitch stitch described till I hit the desired dimensions of 24" by 61 cm? Or simply till it's 24 inches long? Then I finish it off completely by the wrong side and not holding stitches. Simply close it off?

salmonmac 04-10-2013 05:10 AM

The 16 inxh circular needle is a very short one and it's used to knit the collar or neckband in the round. This is a nice way to finish the collar.
For the back, cast on 74 stitches and work in stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row) unti the back measures 24 inches long. That's the equicalent of 61cm. You'll end with a wrong side row (meaning that you're ready to knit on the right side row). Start the row by binding off stitches to shape the shoulders. Don't bind off all the stitches. Start by binding off 22stitches then knit to the end of the row. Next row (WS): BO 22sts, purl to end of row.
Place rem 30 sts on holder for the neck.
Don't worry about slipping the sts to a holder (you can use some scrap yarn for this too), It's like moving stitches from one needle to another without knitting them.
For the size you're knitting (the 3rd size inside the parentheses) the width of the back should be 18 inches). Be sure to knit a gauge swatch so that you get 16stitches in 4inches in stockinette stitch with your needles. See the video here if you need to

lilshaxter 04-17-2013 03:54 AM

Thanks for your help salmonmac :) I'm done the back.

Just starting on the front and wanted some advice on whether I should add the initial with duplicate stitch or intrinsia? I also wanted to adjust this so that I would be doing a C instead of an H. Any tips on how to do that?

salmonmac 04-17-2013 04:56 AM

Great progress.
You can chart out the letter on knitter's graph paper (see here for a site that will print it out for your gauge) or you could use one of the charted letters here.
I would tend to use duplicate stitch since there are parts of the C that are quite thin (at least in the font used for the H on the sweater) but I'd be interested in what others think. You might try both out with some scrap yarn to see which you prefer.
Have fun with it!

DavidSydney63 04-18-2013 05:31 AM

hey lil - how's that sweater coming on?

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