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« on: July 21, 2004 03:27:53 PM »

Is adding stiches the same as yo stiches? My pattern says to add 35 stiches to the end of the next 2 rows, does that mean yo 35 times at the end of each row? I've been trying to figure this out and thought someone on here would try to help.

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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2004 06:08:23 PM »

Hmm, I've never heard of increases referred to as "adding" stitches, but it could depend on the context.

A YO isn't really a good increase to use, especially when it asks for one than one increase per row. It tends to leave a rather large hole (which is why it's used for lace patterns), and if you do two YOs for instance, when knitting them you need to k1, p1, instead of knitting or purling both, or you'd just end up with one stitch again. And YOs cannot really be done at the end of rows (or not very successfully..) since you cannot knit into a YO that isn't connected to the next stitch.

http://www.wonderful-things.com/newknit4c.htm shows what different increases look like, and just follow the links along the bottom to find the appropriate increase page for the look you want.


On the other hand, to me it makes more sense if the "addind" stitches means to cast on 35 stitches.
You cannot cast on more stitches on the beginning of the row, since the yarn would be going in the wrong direction, so it makes sense to cast on at the end of a row.
I suggest reading over the pattern carefully, and think of what the finished piece you're working on should look like.

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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2004 08:19:44 AM »

I agree, you should be casting on those 35 stitches.  There are a couple of castons that you can use here - the cable cast on, the knitted cast on, and the single cast on will all work, but they'll have different degrees of stretchiness - with single being the loosest and cable being the tightest. 

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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2004 09:03:36 AM »

Thanks!! I'm a somewhat new knitter and I really couldn't get this pattern. I didn't even know that you could cast on at the end of the row. I guess I will always have something to learn about knitting.  Tongue Thanks again!

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