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Topic: Knitty's Otis - Help!!!  (Read 662 times)
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« on: April 12, 2005 03:01:26 PM »


I am knitting Otis from Knitty Spring 2004, http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring04/PATTotis.html .

I've knitted the front two cross over panels, (well almost) and I've discovered a problem with the pattern. I've searched all the boards and haven't been able to find anyone else referring to a similar problem. I do think I read something on a blog one time, but I'll be *amned if I can find it.

The left and right panels are basically the same except reversed. Three rows of seed stitch then plain knitting with some waist shaping and then the decrease to make the cross over style front. My problem comes at the end of the following section, it comes from the instructions for the left front panel :-

Cont to work wrap shaping as established 7 times more, ending with RS facing. (46(50, 54, 58] sts). Work will measure 8[8, 9, 9] inches from beg.
Cont working wrap shaping at the end of each RS row as established

At the same time, begin armhole shaping as follows:
Row 1 (RS): BO 3 sts, work to end.
Row 2 and all WS rows: K1, p to last st, k1.
Row 3: BO 2 sts, work to end.
Next 2[3, 3, 4] RS rows: SSK, work to end. (35[37, 41, 43] sts).
Work wrap shaping 15[17, 19, 21] times more, ending with RS facing. (20[20, 22, 22] sts). Work will measure 14[14.5, 15, 15.5] inches from beg.

I'm knitting the largest size so I'll be referring to the last number in the square brackets. Basically what's happened is, everythings fine at the 9 inch mark, ie. before the armhole shaping. I have the right number of stitches on my needle and the work measures the right length. The armhole shaping also appears to be fine, it's straight forward line by line instruction and and the stitches are right. I've highlighted where my problems begin. "Work wrap shaping 21 times more", I take to mean 42 more rows of knitting with a decrease on the right side, as the wrap shaping is given as two rows of knitting earlier on. I end up with 22 sts on my needle, and it looks ok, however it measures way more than 15.5 inches. It's more like 18 plus inches! The same thing happens on the other side.

So is it just a misprint? or am I doing something wrong? This is very frustrating.
I'm sure others out there must have attempted this pattern.
 Angry Angry Angry

Please help. Kim.
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2005 06:05:15 PM »

Are you using the yarn/needles called for?  I have looked at this pattern but haven't tried it yet.  I can't remember offhand what yarn is called for. 

**just went to look...

The schematic shows that the bottom to the arm hole is 9 inches in the largest size, and the arm hole to the shoulder is 7.5  I'm not so good at math but that looks like 16.5 inches to me, however the schematic shows 15.5 for the largest size from the bottom to the top.  hmm... 

you could email the designer and ask her your question.  There is a link for the email address at the bottom of the pattern. 

Let us know how it turns out!  If nothing else, it still would look cute if it was a bit longer.  Don't give up! 

if you can't be a good example then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.

« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2005 06:08:18 PM »

me again...
Maybe the part that reads: "Work wrap shaping 15[17, 19, 21] times more, ending with RS facing. (20[20, 22, 22] sts). Work will measure 14[14.5, 15, 15.5] inches from beg." should be worked "at same time" as the armhole shaping, not after.  I don't know if that helps

if you can't be a good example then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.

« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2005 06:35:56 AM »

Wow, what timing...

I just finished Otis last night.  I should warn you that it is my first sweater, woo hoo, but I think it worked out well. 

I had the same confusion/frustration that you did.  I knit the smallest size, and the front and back panels are 1 inch longer than the schematic in the pattern.  My gauge was close, so I decided to forge on and adjust the sleeves if necessary.  It turned out that everything fit together no problem.  Plus, the arm holes for the sleeves are pretty much a perfect size for me, I wouldn't want them any smaller.

If you're concerned about the pieces fitting together, I wouldn't be.  It worked out for the size I knit.  If you're concerned about the sweater being longer than you'd like, that is a problem.  But, if you want to make it shorter, I would adjust the part before the armhole shaping, and leave the armhole shaping as it is.

Hope that makes sense!
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2005 12:32:03 AM »

Thank you both so much for your responses.

I think what I'll do is knit a sleeve and see if it matches up with the arm hole. If it does, coolies, and if not, then I'll email the designer.

I am knitting Otis in Mohair, but I have made sure my gauge is correct.

I'm so glad I posted my problem. Smiley Smiley
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