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VaxGirl
« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2008 03:26:59 PM »

Yes it will, because you will be binding off 5 stitches from 2 opposite sides of the sweater.  On row 1, the beginning of the row is on one side, on row 2, the beginning of the row is on the other side.  I think if you would see a picture it would become clear.
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« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2008 03:33:07 PM »

I am knitting flat.

I'm really sorry, I just dont get it. If you do:
Row 1: BO 5, k to end
Row 2: BO 5, p to end   then it wont be even on both sides of the sweater. On one side you'll have an indentation(i think it's for the shoulders part) but then on the other side of the sweater, no indentation from binding off. It then wont fit correctly.

Sorry, I am just so confused. This is my first huge project and dont always understand everything right away.

Remember, when knitting flat, you knit back and forth.  Your rows go in opposite directions...here's a picture to show how it works:

--------k across ------->
<-------p across--------
(BO 5)---k across------->
<----p across ---- (BO 5)

See?  The two bound off edges are on opposite sides.  If you can't figure out the mathematics of it, just try it and see how it works--a lot of times things really don't make sense until you experience them.  Good luck!
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IMIS
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2008 03:38:31 PM »

OMG vaxgirl! You were so right, i did need a picture!!!
and craftygal, your diagram helped me out so much! Thank, thank thank you!!!!!!
Thanks for all your replies! i get it now...finally!
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VaxGirl
« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2008 03:46:24 PM »

Phew!  Sometimes I've found that in knitting you just have to do things and not think too much about it.  Seriously, if something doesn't make sense to me I just do exactly what it says and not overthink it, and eventually it seems to work out.
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IMIS
« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2008 03:53:52 PM »

Yeah, you're pretty much better off doing that. I tend to overthink things too much....like now.
I have another issue!! Though this time, it's not such a big deal, but still, I dont understand: So I worked until the armhole measured 8 inches, by following the pattern: one row, I knit 2, decrease 2, and then knit until last 4 stitches, and then decrease 2, and then knit last 2 stitches. Then, I also purl the next row. I kept doing it over and over again.

So now, I binded off, like I told you(what I needed help with). So I bind off at the begginning of the row, but what type of stitch do I continue the row with? the knit? the purl? stockinette? After the instructions say:
"Bind off 5 stitches loosely at the beginning of the next 2 rows. You will have 22 stitches left"
It says to work in the stockinette. But what stitch do I work in on the bind off rows?

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redwitch
« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2008 04:37:14 PM »

Stocking stitch unless there is some reason you think you need a special band or stripe across the chest at the base of the armholes which would be your bust. I would also cast off in knit on the knit side and purl on the purl side but it's probably not important.

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IMIS
« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2008 04:50:07 PM »

so youre pretty much saying that I should do the stockinette for the rest of the bind off row?
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« Reply #17 on: February 21, 2008 06:00:55 PM »

so youre pretty much saying that I should do the stockinette for the rest of the bind off row?

Yup.  You just bind off the first five stitches in your favorite way, then continue on in stockinette stitch.  So on one of the rows you BO, you'll knit all the way to the end, on the way back after you BO, you'll purl all the way to the end.
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« Reply #18 on: February 25, 2008 08:08:10 AM »

I have a tip for you that my mum taught me when i first started to knit.  Even if it doesn't make sense, just do EXACTLY what the pattern says.  So if it says in one sentance, bo 5 stitches at beginning of next two rows.  Then do just that.  Bind off 5 at beginning of next two rows.  Don't try to work it out in your head, just do exactly what it says and usually it makes sense once you actually knit it. Hope this helps Smiley
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soozeq
« Reply #19 on: February 25, 2008 09:56:48 AM »

Thanks for stating that. Yes, knitting makes a lot more sense when you have the yarn and needles in your hand and just do it, rather than trying to visualize it in your head.
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