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« on: September 20, 2012 03:50:21 PM »

I would like to make this swan dishcloth, but the pattern's in German.


So far I think I've been able to figure out:

that the pattern doesn't include the border
rechte masche is knit
linke masche is purl
odd rows are knit (maybe?)

This part I can't figure out at all:
A = abwechseld 3R 1 L ( Beispiel: 2A = 3R 1L 3R 1L )
B = abwechseld 2R 1 L ( Beispiel: 2A = 2R 1L 2R 1L )

Any help appreciated!


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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2012 01:19:14 PM »

I just put it in google translate and it says

R= stitches
L = purl

Odd rows are knit.

I bet...if you just do the R's as knit and the L's as purl....

And the odd rows knit across.

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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2012 03:01:05 PM »

Thanks, sarahj2001.  Smiley

But I'm still not understanding this:
A = abwechseld 3R 1 L ( Beispiel: 2A = 3R 1L 3R 1L )

although after more searching, it looks like Beispiel means "Example" so that's not part of the actual directions.

One translator said abwechseld meant 'rotary'.

Unless they are just using the dash instead of parentheses or commas to show a group of stitches.

Well, I will try that and see how far I get.  Cheesy

« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2012 07:52:28 PM »

Here's a list of pages with translated knitting terms, not all of them may have german.


The abwechseld might mean 'around' - ab may mean repeat, so - repeat around?

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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2012 11:00:15 AM »

Thank you, Soozeq!  Smiley That's a handy group of links, and I think you might be on to something with the 'repeat' part.

Have done the border and am 6 rows into the pattern, which so far is plain knit and purl.

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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2012 02:05:03 PM »

It looks like you've figured it out, but I looked up abwechseld, and it suggested abwechselnd... which means by turns, or on a rotating basis. So I'd say soozeq is right on.

Oh, and the beispiel (example), made me think of math equations. A means knit 3 purl 1, so 2A means  you would knit 3 purl 1 twice.
I don't know if I'm right, of course, but that's what made the most sense to me.

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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2012 09:40:05 AM »

abwechseld should be "abwechselnd" which means alternate. Though it literally means alternate, I think within the pattern, it means to repeat. "A = abwechseld 3R 1 L" So if the pattern says "7A" you'd be repeating K3, P1 seven times.

I was a German minor and the best website you can use to translate single words in German is dict.leo.org

Where it says "Motiv mit einer Hinreihe beginnen." I believe means to begin with an odd row, i.e. row 1. Knit odd/wrong side rows.

"ungeraden Reihen", "Vorderseite," and "Hinreihe" all mean the same thing.

So you knit all odd rows (1, 3, 5, etc) and then the pattern is for the even rows (hence why it only gives you instructions for even-numbered rows), with the Ls meaning purl and the Rs meaning knit.

The first section would be:

02.- 45L (purl 45 stitches)
04.- 4L 5R 7L 2R 2L 4R 7L 5R 2L 6R 1L (P4, K5, P7, K2, P2, K4, P7, K5, P2, K6, P1)
06.- 1L 3R 6L 6R 8L 7R 5L 2R 7L (P1, K3, P6, K6, P8, K7, P5, K2, P7)
08.- 4L 6R 9L 3R 10L 4R 2L 4R 3L (P4, K6, P9, K3, P10, K4, P2, K4, P3)
10.- 2L 2R 7L 3R 2L 22R 4L 2R 1L  (P2, K2, P7, K3, P2, K22, P4, K2, P1)

I suggest before you start that you add up the stitches in each row to make sure there aren't any typos anywhere.


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