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« on: September 24, 2005 08:37:31 PM »

I'm knitting a sweater (#19, the cropped cardigan) from the Spring/Summer Vogue Knitting.  Things are going fine.

But I wonder if anyone could take a look at these instructions and tell me if my interpretation of them seems correct?  The directions are describing shaping the neck area on the back part of the sweater.  If it matters, I'm binding off the shoulders at the same time as this.

"...bind off 49 center stitches  decreasing 8 stitches evenly across these stitches while binding off, then bind off 4 stitches from each neck edge once."

As I understand this, I should bind off as usual, but also knit two stitches together eight times during my binding off.  But am I doing this move over 49 stitches, or 49 plus eight?

I'm adapting this pattern a bit (even with #1 needles, my gauge is too large) so I can't simply count stitches and figure things out.

Anyone willing to help me puzzle this one out?

And, yes, the pattern calls for #3 needles.  I must be a ver-r-r-r-ry relaxed knitter if #1 needles are creating a gauge that's too big.
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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2005 04:38:06 AM »

My gut instinct would be to say you're left with 41 bound off loops (so you're binding off & decreasing what *were* 49 sts) but you should do the math. 

It should be easy, the numbers won't be the same for you as they are in the pattern, but check the pattern's math.  All you have to do is find out if 49 or 57 stitches would be evenly centered. (ie, it had some other instructions to get to those 49 sts, you want the same number of sts on the other side of the 49)
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2005 09:48:39 AM »

The pattern's math didn't seem to work out, either.  Weird.

I ended up binding off in a manner that fit the dimensions of the schematic.  Let's hope this works!

My sister is good friends with a rather famous knitwear designer, and I hear from those two that the knitting magazines edit (for space) ruthlessly.  A lot of valuable information gets left out, because the magazines are keen to conserve space.

Thanks for your suggestions, Melidomi!

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