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Thursday, November 11, 2004
I have never used as much math in my life as I have since I started knitting. And so far I've been fine with it, really. Until today.

I paraphrase from my pattern for the birthday suit:
(p.s. you have 308 sts on the ndls, and 10 markers placed around the body)

"dec 1 st on ea side of ea marker (20 decs)"
-ok, so I take 20 sts away from 308 sts and end up with 288 sts. So far so good.

"work even for 6 rows"
-duh. Still working with 288 sts. This is easy.

"repeat dec row"
-no sweat. I take 20 sts away from 288 to get 268. This is a breeze!

"work even until blah blah inches"
-could do in my sleep. Still 268 sts around. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

"inc 1 st on ea side of ea marker (20 incs)"
-ok, so I add 20 sts to my 268 to get 288. I see where this is going...

"repeat inc row every 6 rows..."
-so far so good. I work 5 rows plain, and work the inc row on the 6th row, right? Ok, moving on.

"...twice more..."
-uh huh, so now after adding the original 20 sts I'm adding another 20 and 20 (2 more inc rows) and 12 more rows of knitting...which brings me to 328 sts.


"...ending with 308 sts".
-HUH? How can I start with 308 sts, take away 20+20 to get 268, and then add 20+20+20 and wind up back at 308?

Hence the confusion. If anyone reading this has any clue where on the web to find errata for SandnesGarn pamphlets, in this case specifically issue 0309 pattern 12 page 10, I'd REALLY appreciate it.
posted by Jennifer Lori @ 11:19 p.m.  
  • At 12:52 a.m., Blogger mzundercover said…

    i'm thining it may just be a typo. after all, the 2 key IS right above the 0 on your computer keypad... :-)

    good luck!

  • At 10:23 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Seems to me you're doing the increases three times instead of only two.

    "repeat inc row every 6 rows twice more" (not three times).

    Just a thought! Good luck.


  • At 11:50 a.m., Blogger Fiadhnat said…

    Looks like they made a mistake, I'ld increase to 308 stitches only. But perhaps you should read on and see if there is a mention of number of stitches later in the piece, i.e. cast off or such. Good luck, Fiadhnat

  • At 7:02 p.m., Blogger robin said…

    have you checked with the designer/publisher to see if there are any corrections to the pattern? sometimes they mess up in the printing and it leads to much confusion. i knitted a sweater and had the same problem until i found out there was a *huge* typo that caused my confusion.....

    good luck and let us know what happens!

  • At 7:41 p.m., Blogger Jennifer said…

    Thanks for the replies!

    I did check the web for errata, but only was able to find the SandnesGarn website...which I think is in Dutch or something. I poked around anyways, but wasn't able to find anything that looked like errata.

    Since nearly everyone agrees, I'm going to do 2 rows of increases only. The pattern clearly says I'm supposed to end up with 308 rows, and the section with this confusion is the waist area of the v-neck top, it decreases in for the waist and then back out for the bust.

    Thanks again for the advice!

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