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« on: July 08, 2004 01:15:10 PM »

I'm designing a poncho for myself.  I'm basing it of Delia's Lulu poncho...it's the same stitch.  I found the directions for the stitch in a very, very old book of my mother's but the abbreviations used are confusing and there isn't a key.  Can anyone help.  Here's the directions:

Multiple of 10
Row 1: Wrn to m 1, k 3, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k3, m 1, k1
Row 2 and alt rows: P
Row 3: K 1, m 1, k2, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k 2, m 1, k 2
Row 5: K 2, m 1, k 1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k 1, m 1, k 3
Row 7: K 3, m 1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, m1, k 4

My real problem understanding is the "Wrn to m 1" part and the "m 1" itself.  Usually m 1 means the marker or to "make one" but I don't understand.  the design also has holes in it and I don't see in the pattern where they would come from.  Any help is appreciated.  Thanks.
Here's a pic
It's the top stitch
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2004 01:19:07 PM »

I've seen WRN in older pattern books, usually meaning "wool round needle" or what we usually see as YO/yarn over.  This would account for the m1/make one.  I'm assuming they mean to yarn over from the front to the back, so that you get a hole on the next row.

I'm going to go try this now.  Will let you know if it works.
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« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2004 01:47:27 PM »

I agree, I think they probably mean yarn overs.
I would try a swatch
cast on 10 or 20 stitches, and replace all the m1 with YO.  so then you have
Multiple of 10
Row 1: yo, k 3, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k3, yo, k1
Row 2 and alt rows: P
Row 3: K 1, yo, k2, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k 2, yo, k 2
Row 5: K 2, yo, k 1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k 1, yo, k 3
Row 7: K 3, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k 4

just do the pattern once or twice and you should be able to tell if its turning out right or not. 
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2004 04:12:04 PM »

Here's my swatch!  CO 20 stitches with sportweight yarn on US 5 needles, followed melidomi's rewritten pattern.  I think this would look more like the swatch in your book if you used larger needles. 

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