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Topic: Little Tykes pullover pattern help!  (Read 476 times)
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« on: August 21, 2007 02:07:56 PM »

I'm new to this whole knitting thing (normally I crochet), so if any of you knitting veterans could help me, that'd be great!

I'm working on my first baby sweater--the Little Tykes pullover from Interweave Press http://www.interweaveknits.com/freepatterns/pdf/Little_Tikes_Pullovers.pdf

It's a free pattern, and I'm doing the henley in purple with pastel pink/white/green stripes. Or rather, attempting to do it. I was doing well with knitting the back, but then I hit the shoulder and neck part that says:

BO 6 sts at beg of row (1st on right neeedle), knit next 18 sts, place center 25 sts on holder for neck, join new yarn and work to end. At beg of next row, BO 6 sts--19 sts each side.

I was ok up to here...but then...

BO 7 sts at each arm edge 2 times and at the same time, BO 5 sts at each neck edge twice.

Here's what I think this means--I now have 3 needles. On the R was the first BO of 6, and on the left was the second BO of 6.

For the Right side, I turn it around on the WS and purl 19 sts back to the arm edge, turn, then BO 7 sts and knit 12, turn, purl 12 stitches, turn, BO 7 stitches, knit 5 stitches, turn and BO the last 5 (near the neck edge).

 And for the left side, I would first knit the 19 stitches, turn and then purl the 19 back, then do what I did the right side? Does this make any sense? Or do I just BO all 12 stitches at the top (as it called for the BO 7 and then the BO 5)? Right now I have this funky flat pyramid thing going on.   Huh

Another question--after all this binding off, I'm supposed to do a kitchener st to sew the shoulder together. How is that possible, particularly if I've done it on multiple different rows?

I'll post a pic as soon as the battery on my camera recharges
« Last Edit: August 21, 2007 02:10:53 PM by anfarwal » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2007 02:38:14 PM »

First,  you really ought to have 2 pairs of needles to work with.  It's really bad how standard knitting is.

 you should have

           one ball                              one ball
           live stitches  [bind off]      live stitches
         ^                  ^               ^                   ^
         |                    |                |                    |
     arm edge       neck edge      neck edge     arm edge     

To keep from confusing yourself, it's probably best to actually put one set of live stitches on a holder.   

What should be happening is on one side BO 7 stitches (count how many stitches you pass over) get to the end, BO 5, work to the end, BO 7, work, BO 5 (that's twice).

When you get to the other, the set of 7s and 5s need to be on the opposite sides to make them symmetrical.
« Last Edit: August 21, 2007 02:42:48 PM by knittinfiasco » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2007 03:21:19 PM »

thanks for the help! You explained it much better than I did with that diagram. I do have 2 balls and two sets of needles (whew), so I did that part right at least.

Also, I realized that I miswrote that last portion of the pattern...it's

BO 7 sts at each arm edge 2 times and at the same time, BO 5 sts at each neck edge once

So is it on one side, BO 7 stitches and work to the end, turn and purl to arm edge, BO 7 stitches on RS, work to end, then turn and purl back, then BO 5 neck edge?

Or do I just BO 7 stitches, get to the end, turn and purl to arm edge, BO 7 stitches and then BO the last 5 stitches (for a total of 12 BO?).

And then how do I do the kitchener stitch if it's all BO?

Thanks again!
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