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« on: July 13, 2011 05:17:10 PM »

I decided to knit a pair of socks to master dpns. I've been wanting to/avoiding this for over a year now. I finally got a book, some yarn and mastered the twisted rib cuff of the pattern but now I'm stuck on the chart.

The book is the sock knitter's workshop and the pattern is ribs and cables. I totally know how to cable and read charts but this confuses me! I don't have a pic of the socks orthe chart but I'll try to explain it.

So the chart only gives me the odd numbered rows with 4 stitches per row. The first seven rows are knit, purl, purl, knit. And I know that I'm working in rounds so the even number rows will be the same.

Now the tricky part: Row nine is cable one front, C1B. But with knit and purl stitches. Row 11 is purl, C1B with knit stitches, purl and row 13 is C1B,C1F. I totally understand how to do these cables but my issue is what to do for the even rows. Since this is in rounds I know I don't just reverse it, making the knits into purls, and I shouldn't read it from left to right because I'm doing rounds, not rows. Or is that what I do?

Any advice would be awesome because I was really pumped about finally knitting these damned socks!

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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2011 07:27:10 AM »

If the pattern only gives you the odd numbered rounds, than it should say somewhere what to do on the even numbered rounds.  My guess is to knit the knits and purl the purl stitches, but I'm not sure since I don't have this book.

As for reading the chart, most of them are read from right to left, but again, the pattern should tell you where/how to read the chart.
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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2011 10:20:35 AM »

It really doesnt say. Thats why I'm so confused.

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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2011 10:29:01 AM »

Usually the stitches are knitted like they appear (when it's supposed to be stockinette stitch).
So in your case, since you're knitting in the round, you work the uneven rounds as told in the chart. In even rounds you knit all knitted stitches and purl all purled stitches. Cables are knitted, too.

It would help to see the pattern and a pic of the sock.


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