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« on: March 08, 2005 05:13:17 PM »

Ahhh... I'm so confused  Huh Huh

I'm stuck on the third step of the Hurry Up Spring Armwarmers, but that doesn't really matter because most knitters should be able to help me out with this.

So it says to cast on, and divide stitches among 3 dpn with 11 st, 10 st, and 11 st. Then it says "Join and beg and ending with k1, work in 2x2 rib until piece measures 1.5" from beg."

I don't understand the meaning of the word "Join" here. Why do I have to divide the stitches just to join them together again? Also, how do I end with k1 on a 2x2 rib with 32 sts total? I'm so lost....

Thanks so much to anyone who helps out this poor little beginner Smiley


« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2005 05:19:07 PM »

Join just means that you want to attach the beginning to the end so it makes a big circle instead of a straight piece Smiley You are knitting in the round so that you will have a tube. If it doesn't make sense to you do a Google search on "how to knit in the round" or something like that and hopefully you will see pictures.

The rib pattern will be k1, p2, k2, p2....k1 and that is how you begin and end with a k1.

Good luck!


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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2005 05:20:59 PM »

The joining and dividing in question are done for different reasons:

You're dividing the stitches (evenly) on to 3 dpns, so that you can knit in the round.

You then join the first and last stitch to start knitting in the round. Does that make sense?? It's easier done than said, I think!
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2005 05:23:51 PM »

So, you have all your stitches spread out on your three needles.  Take them, and make them into a sort of triangle, the pointy part at the top being the end of the yarn that you're going to be working with on the right side and the other part is the last of the stitches that you had cast on (does that make sense?) then with the 4th needle you start knitting into the needle on the left hand side. 
a way of explaining it with pictures is here
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