Friday, May 12, 2006

Increasing and decreasing

Hello all! Thank you for all of the nice comments about my Grey Gable. A couple of knitalongers asked for my formula for the increases and decreases, and I'm sorry I haven't responded - I hadn't seen the comments until today. Well, better late than never, right?

I know a couple of other knitters have said this too, but I think the decreases in the pattern are too close together. I started my decreasing probably about a half an inch before the pattern calls for it (I knit the small size, btw). I also changed the decreasing just to be K2tog, K1, pm, K1, K2tog just because that's what I'm used to doing in patterns. I then knit seven rows and did the second decreasing round. I knit another 8 rows and then started the increasing, which I did at each marker, a "m1, k1, pm, k1, m1". That way there were two stitches between the increases, just like the decreases. I knit 7 more rows and then did the increasing round again. That's it! I didn't add more waist shaping because the sweater is pretty casual, and the yarn I used (GGH Bali) is pretty stretchy. So, in pattern terms, I did:

At 4" (4.5, 5, 5.5, 6.5), decrease at each marker K2tog, K1, pm, K1, K2tog
Knit 7 rows
Repeat decrease round
Knit 8 rows
Increase round - increase at each marker M1, K1, pm, K1, M1
Knit 7 rows
Repeat increase round

The only comment I would say about my increasing/decreasing is that I've knitted my fair share of sweaters, so I know my measurements pretty well. Having the 8 stitches of inc/dec adds up to about 1 3/4" of waist shaping, so you may want to put more increases and decreases depending on how you want the sweater to turn out.

Let me know if you have any questions - I'm always happy to help.


Blogger Wanda said...

Thanks so much for including your tips for increasing and decreasing. I'm to the point where I'm ready to add some shaping to the sweater, which while I love, I prefer to have more waist shaping for a better fit.

10:20 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Yes, thanks a lot, that's such a huge help.

10:54 AM  

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