Monday, May 21, 2007

HELP me - please

If someone has the patience to puzzle through this - this is a pattern for a shawl. The base pattern is 9 stitches plus 2. You cast on 13 stitches - 11 for the pattern and 2 for selvages.

So far, I get it.

But here's my question for any experienced knitter who can help:

It gets wider by adding 9 stitches at the beginning of certain rows.
BUT if the stitch pattern is 9 plus 2 - shouldn't I add 11 stitches?

If I follow the directions, I end up with 31 stitches. If I use two for the selvages, that leaves me with 29 stitches - which means I have either two stitches two many (using the nine stitches of the lace pattern) OR four stitches two few (using the nine plus two base pattern)

Any and all suggestions would be most welcome.

Here is where I found the pattern:

Designed by elann

Simple to knit, this ripple pattern shawl uses the progressively tonedcolors of Adara to create a summery rainbow of cheer.
Size: 30" long by 60" wide, after blocking.
Difficulty Level: Advanced Beginner
Gauge: 18.5 sts and 24 rows = 4" on 4.5mm (US 7) needles. Gauge is not critical.
Materials: - 1 ball each of 12 colors of Adara- 4.5mm (US 7) 39" circular needle- two more 39" circular needles to act as st holders for 3 needle bind-off (size not critical) - 27 rubber ring markers
Scalloped Lace Pattern: (Multiple of 9 +2)
Row 1: K1, *k1, yo, k2, sl 1 knitwise, k1, psso, k2tog, k2, yo* k1.
Row 2: P.
Row 3: K1, *yo, k2, sl 1 knitwise, k1, psso, k2tog, k2, yo, k1*k1
Row 4: P. Row 5: K.
Row 6: K (Ridge Row). Note: Place rubber ring markers between rpts.

With 4.5mm (US 7) needles, loosely CO 13 sts - 9 + 2, plus 2 selvedge stitches – for selvedges, k1tbl first stitch of ER, and sl1wyif the last st of ER.
Working back and forth across circular needle, knit 2 rows.
Begin working scalloped lace pattern, and color progression as above. Form triangle shape of shawl by CO 9 sts on either side of piece every 12 rows (every other 6 row rpt) as follows: every other row 5, CO 9 sts at beg of row, k across new sts, plus existing row 5 sts to end of row. Turn work, CO 9 sts at beg of next row 6, k across new sts, plus existing row 6 sts to end of row. Break yarn, begin next color.
Continue in this manner until last stripe of color 04 is complete, ending with a row 6. Hold all stitches on a 39" circular needle.

1 comment:

monica said...

The actual pattern repeat is 9 stitches, so that is correct. The extra 2 stitches are the first and last K1 after the selvege stitches. So you have 1 selvedge st K1tbl, K1, work the 9 stitch pattern repeat, K1, 1 selvedge stitch sl1wyif. Then when you add your stitches you are going to cast on 9 and then knit across all of them, next row, cast on 9 and knit across all of those stitches. Then when you start back on row 1 you will k1tbl, K1, work 27 stitches in the 9 stitch pattern repeat, (you will knit the 9 st pattern repeat 3 times) K1, sl1 wyif. And keep repeating that sequence. I hope that makes sense to you