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Rubywoo
« on: October 19, 2009 11:36:01 AM »

After knitting scarves and hats for about a year now, I have finally summoned the courage to knit my first sweater. I can follow patterns just fine but I am stuck at the following instructions in working the back of the sweater...

Back Neck and shoulder shaping:

Bind off 11 sts at beg of next 2 rows, 11 sts at bed of next 2 rows, AT SAME TIME, bind off center 26 sts and working both sides at once, dec 1 st from each neck edge once.


That ends the Back piece.

Now I am assuming that at this point (RS, working in stockinette with 74 stitches cast on my needle) they want me to bind off first 11 stitches and finish knitting the end of the row. Then turning to WS and binding off first 11 stitches and finish purling to the end of the row. Then doing the same for the next 2 rows. Now, it is at this point that the problems begin. I have few stitches left on my needle at this point and it doesn't make since to bind off so many stitches and then have to decrease more.

I really need help. Can someone out there please help me rewriting it long form row by row?
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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2009 01:24:59 PM »

You're almost at the top of the back, right? Not the underarm? (just want to be sure I know where you are) Does it say how many stitches you'll have when you finish the back?

I think, and starting with 74 stitches... (I'm saying 'knit', but purl on the rows you need to)

Row 1 - bind off 11, knit  63 stitches.
Row 2 - bind off 11, knit 13, bind off 26, knit 13 stitches
Row 3 - Knit 10, K2tog, knit 1. With ANOTHER piece of yarn, knit 1, ssk, knit 10
Row 4 - Knit 9, K2tog, knit 1. With the other piece of yarn, knit 1, ssk, knit 9

The 26 center stitches is the neck. (I might have the k2tog/ssk reversed, since I'm not sure which end is right/left of the sweater so PLEASE do whichever decrease makes sense!!)

And instead of binding off, I'd put the stitches on a holder, it'll make seaming the shoulders and picking up for the neck a little easier.

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Bind off 11 sts at beg of next 2 rows, 11 sts at bed of next 2 rows,
just checking - that's what the pattern says exactly? It sounds a little odd. Do you have a picture or a link to the pattern? (don't post the pattern)
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2009 01:40:08 PM »

I'm sorry, I see my mistake, it should be:

Bind off 11 sts at beg of next 2 rows, 11 sts at beg of next 2 rows

It was a type-o. I wrote "...bed of next 2 rows instead of "...beg of next 2 rows"

but it is exactly what the pattern states. The paragraph in red is exactly the instructions to shaping the neck and shoulders (minus my type-o).
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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2009 01:53:25 PM »

Ok, assuming there's no typo in the pattern itself, this works with what you've got although it still seems odd. (what's the pattern? Is it a tank top or ?)

Start with 74 stitches
Row 1 - bind off 11, knit 13, bind off 26, knit 24 stitches
Row 2 - bind off 11, knit 13. use another piece of yarn to knit last 13 stitches
Row 3 - bind off 11, knit 2. With the other piece of yarn, knit 13
Row 4 - bind off 11, knit 2. With the other piece of yarn, knit 2
Row 5 - Knit 2together. With the other piece of yarn, knit 2
Row 6 - Knit 2together. With the other piece of yarn, knit 1.

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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2009 02:58:12 PM »

Thanks so much for your help. It makes more sense now. It's a V-neck sweater with mostly unfinished edges. It seemed pretty  straight forward when I chose it and the schematics looked even easier not to mention the fact that it is considered a beginner project. The pattern is from a book I checked out at the library, published 2001. It's called Family Circle Easy Sweaters by Trisha Malcolm. Pattern is called "Seaside Savvy", page 56.   
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