Sunday, May 07, 2006

First row of Section A - What am I missing?

Hi everyone. I've cast on again for what seems like a million times.

In my earlier post I understood that ALL Section A rows would end in K2tog and ALL Section B rows would end in a YO.

I'm making a medium and cast on as directed. At the start of the lace pattern on Section A, I have 36 stitches. The first stitch is a K1f&b and then I start the pattern - YO, K2tog. I do this until I have two stitches left on this section. What do I do with these two stitches?

Thanks in advance -

I'm putting my needles down and pouring a glass of wine. . . .


Blogger Kim said...

Let me see if I get what you're asking...

At the beginning you'll have 36 stitches. You'll knit into the front and the back of the first stitch, leaving 35 stitches. Then you'll (YO, k2tog) 34 times...until you have one stitch left, the last stitch before the marker. You'll knit into the front and back of that last stitch.

Is that what you mean? I hope I've helped :o)

4:09 PM  
Blogger drdesigns said...

Thanks for the quick answer Kim!

My problem is if I am to K2tog at the end of every Section A row and I get to the end of the very first Section A and only have 2 stitches left, how can I K2tog AND Kf&b? That would take 3 stitches left at the end of the row.

What do I do?

4:58 PM  
Blogger High Energy Jenny said...

As Kim said, you will start with 36 stitches between the markers for the lace portion/front when you have cast on.

You are ready to start part A at this point. Knit as directed with the K1F&B's up to the marker between the first sleeve and the lace portion:

Slip the first marker after the sleeve, knit into the front and back of the first stitch, then actually you will (YO, K2tog) 17 times (not 34). When you have done this, you will only have ONE stitch on the left needle before the next marker. If you start with 36 stitches between the markers, you CANNOT have two stitches left, you will have one.

Is it possible when you are doing your first K1F&B (before you start the yo, k2tog pattern) incorrectly? You are knitting into the front and back of only one stitch, leaving as Kim said, 35 stitches when you start the (yo, k2tog) pattern.

Or, maybe you are dropping a stitch, or maybe you are knitting 3 together somewhere???

Just thoughts. Hope this helps.

5:52 PM  
Blogger knit_chick said...

Maybe it will help if before you start Part A, you make sure that you have 36 sts between the markers. Remember, you will be using the first st to inc and the last st to inc, too. This will leave you with 34 sts to work on [YO, k2tog]. Keep track of how many [YO, k2tog] you do and stop after a few and count. You should have the same number of sts: 34 (not including the first & last sts). When you finish the first lace pattern of Part A, you should now have 38 sts between the markers.

I've found from personal experience that even though it's tedious, stopping and counting while you are doing it will save you time when the catch the mistake right then rather than after several rounds making you rip everything out again.

Good luck!

6:29 PM  
Blogger drdesigns said...

Thanks everyone! I finally had an "AHA!" moment and realized what I was doing wrong. My YO was one stitch - I did the yarn over and then knited a stitch. THEN I K2tog. I did not realize the YO and K2tog could be combined. Duh. .

So I think I'm finally on the right track, even though I may have missed a stitch or two. :)

9:02 AM  

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