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« on: March 23, 2006 04:36:11 PM »

So I have this pattern for a bikini.  I can't seem to figure it out the math does not make sense to me.  I wrote out each row so i could make sure I was not missing anything is goes as follows:
Cups for bikini:
cAST ON 37
rs dec: K 16, k2tog, k1,k2tog, k 16
ws: P15, p2tog, p1, p2tog,p15
rs dec: K 14, k2tog, k1,k2tog, k 14
ws: P13, p2tog, p1, p2tog,p13
rs dec: K 12, k2tog, k1,k2tog, k 12
ws: P11, p2tog, p1, p2tog,p11
rs dec: K 10, k2tog, k1,k2tog, k 10
ws: P9, p2tog, p1, p2tog,p9
rs dec: K 8, k2tog, k1,k2tog, k 8
ws: P7, p2tog, p1, p2tog,p7
rs dec: K 6, k2tog, k1,k2tog, k 6
ws: P5, p2tog, p1, p2tog,p5
rs dec: K 4, k2tog, k1,k2tog, k 4
ws: P3, p2tog, p1, p2tog,p3
rs dec: K 2, k2tog, k1,k2tog, k 2
ws: P1, p2tog, p1, p2tog,p1

The intarsia goes as follows:
on row 17 k 14sts work 9 chart sts, k 14 (And there are 8 rows in the intarsia part)
This does not make sense there are only 17 rows! and each row decreases by two yet the k 14sts work 9 chart sts, k 14 adds up to the original cast on # of 37.  I dont even want to do the intarsia for this part (although I will do it on the bottoms) I did a sample one and just following the 1st section (no intarsia) it comes out too small,  I must be missing something!

« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2006 05:11:06 PM »

Well I've never made a swim suit - long past the days of putting a tiny triangle of knit fabric on this body, haha - but I can do math. Adding up what you have does come up wrong. It could be the pattern has an error.

I looked a the knitty bikini top for a reference and they only decrease every other row and that top look pretty small so I can imagine your's would be like a band-aid.

What pattern are you using - maybe you should contact the designer/publisher and see if they have a correction.
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2006 05:56:54 PM »

its the bikini from the 1st "stitch and bitch" book!
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2006 06:53:36 PM »

Sorry still no help but I feel for you. I don't have the book but I just looked at the pix on the web page and it is indeed TINY. I checked the corrections page and it says
Queen of Hearts Bikini: Instructions for Cups should read: At the same time, beg small heart chart on row 13 (15, 17, 19)...
which is what you said (maybe you got a newer edition of the book that had it corrected).

I checked the SNB page and found this thread and on page three there is talk of doing 22 rows of st sts first. There are some close up pix on page 4 and 5 and it looks like there is quite a bit of stockingette before the decreases and the one pix that has the heart you can see the decreases start between the top curves of the heart.

I think that is the answer - knit 22 rows st sts and start the pattern on row 17 - yea!!!

Does the book have something that might vaguely lead you to believe you should do that much first.

PS - most of the folks on that thread said the top is small - you might wanna check it out.
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