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Amethyst
« on: September 10, 2005 12:02:28 AM »

(edit) Still need help, please see latest post at the bottom! (edit)

I bought a kit from Target and finally felt confident enough to start it.

It has 114 stitches, and I messed up a few times somewhere. I just finished the 4th row and did a stitch count, and I am now up to 120.  Roll Eyes Too many increases and not enough decreases, apparently.

But now that I've done all that work, would it be best to start over, or to just do more decreases until I'm back down to 114?
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LRS
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2005 05:30:53 AM »

It depends on how you feel about projects. 
    If you're a perfectionist, rip it out.  Every time you look at it, you'll be annoyed with yourself. 
    If you're more easy-going, keep knitting.  It will be good and no one will notice unless they examine it very carefullly.

LRS
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Amethyst
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2005 06:37:00 AM »

I'm a perfectionist.  Grin When you look at it, it IS only four rows. I'll start over.
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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2005 02:44:56 PM »

you might want to place stitch markers every 20 sts or something so that you can keep track of where you're ending up with the extra stitches.  You also would be able to catch it right away, theoretically.
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frozen_peas
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2005 03:03:43 PM »

Good luck with that. I'd have frogged it too- every time looking at it I would be all, "the edge is wiggly!!"

I remember talking to this one lady just learning crochet who was making a baby blanket. When she finished she realized that one entire edge slanted in -she'd been dropping a stitch or two almost every row- and, needless to say, was not pleased when the person she was learning from explained that the only way to remedy this was to start entirely over... heehee.

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Amethyst
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2005 05:42:11 PM »

What's a stitch marker? You mean just placing a pin or something there?

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frozen_peas
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2005 05:26:06 PM »

anything that slides on the needle every X stitches or so to help you keep track. They manufacture them, you can make them, or you could probably use something small with a hole in it, like a washer.

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« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2005 07:05:23 PM »

That's a really neat idea, thanks. Smiley
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Amethyst
« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2005 02:11:35 AM »

Several attempts later, I'm still doing it wrong. I think I'm misinterpreting something:

cast on 114 stitches

row 1: *k1, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo*. Repeat this pattern across the row from * to *, ending by knitting the last two stitches.

row 2 and all even rows: purl

row 3: k2 *yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k1*. Repeat this pattern * to * across the row ending by knitting the last stitch.

row 4: purl

(it's this pattern for a whole 12 inches, ending on an even row)

Something always goes wrong in row 3. The math doesn't make sense to me, either. One go at the pattern should take 4 stitches from left to right. So, that's 112 stitches, then the two from the start makes it 114. Where is that other stitch at the end supposed to come from? Should the amount of stitches I have increase and decrease during the pattern somehow?
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« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2005 06:31:35 AM »

Something always goes wrong in row 3. The math doesn't make sense to me, either. One go at the pattern should take 4 stitches from left to right. So, that's 112 stitches, then the two from the start makes it 114. Where is that other stitch at the end supposed to come from? Should the amount of stitches I have increase and decrease during the pattern somehow?

Hmm, that is fishy.  It definitely looks like there's a problem with the pattern.  Is this one of those Suss patterns?  She's notorious for pattern erratta.  so here's what I'd do:

Cast on 14 sts, try this:
row 1: *k1, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo*. Repeat this pattern across the row from * to *, ending by knitting the last two stitches.
row 2 and all even rows: purl
row 3: k2 *yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k1*. Repeat this pattern * to * across the row

And see if it looks right after an inch or two.  If not, try this:
row 1: *k1, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo*. Repeat this pattern across the row from * to *, ending by knitting the last two stitches.
row 2 and all even rows: purl
row 3: k1 *yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k1*. Repeat this pattern * to * across the row ending by knitting the last stitch.
row 4: purl

and see how that works.  For what it's worth, I'm leaning towards option 2 (without ever having seen the pattern or tried knitting it up!)
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