Ok, so there's this nifty set on the adriafil site (bottom right corner, it's called 'Sunny') with these little laddered motifs in the pattern.
The pattern is in English, but the key to the chart is in (I'm guessing) highly abbreviated Italian. There are 4 special symbols (which I've replaced with 'o') with the following 'explanations'
o = 1 gett.
o = 2 m. ins. a dir.
o = 1 m. lasciata cadere
o = m. ras. dir.
Can anyone translate?
Does anyone know how to make little patches with controlled ladders (runs) that don't take over the whole sweater?