Garment Instructions

Before starting knitting, read the instructions carefully to understand the abbreviations used, how the design is structured and in which order each piece is worked. However, there may be some parts of the pattern that will only become clear when you are actually knitting it, so do not assume that you are being dense or that the pattern is wrong.

Patterns given in a range of sizes have the instructions for the smallest size printed first, followed by the other sizes in brackets. For example: 'Cast on 26(28,30,32) sts.'.To avoid confusion it is a good idea to go through the pattern and highlight all the figures for the size you are making. If the pattern has metric and imperial measurements make sure that you do not mix the two up.

Asterisks or brackets are used to indicate the repetition of a sequence of stitches. For example: '*K3, pi; rep from * to end.'.This means, knit three stitches, then purl one stitch then repeat this sequence to the end of the row. It could also be written '[K3, pi] to end.'. Asterisks and brackets may be used together in a row. For example:'*K4, pi, [kl, pi] 3 times; rep from * to end.'. The part of the instruction in brackets indicates that these stitches only are to be repeated three times before returning to the instructions immediately after the asterisk.

When repeating anything, make sure that you are doing so the correct number of times. For example, '[Kl, pi] twice.' means 4 stitches worked, but '*K1, pi; rep from * twice more.' means 6 stitches worked.

The phrase 'work straight' means continue without increasing or decreasing the number of stitches and keeping the established pattern correct.

When you put your knitting aside, always mark where you are on the pattern; it is better to be safe than sorry, especially if a complex stitch is involved.

If the figure 0 appears within an instruction, for example,'Kl (0:1:2) sts.' this means that for that particular size no stitches are worked at that point. Take special care if the sizes have been separated for a particular instruction. For example, suppose that the pattern states'1st and 4th sizes only Cast off 15(20) sts, work to end.'. For the 1st size, follow the instructions outside the round brackets, and for the 4th size follow those within them. For any other size, these instructions do not apply.

Some designs, particularly Aran styles, are made up of a combination of separate stitch panels which are often given as pattern panels at the beginning of the pattern. This is because the pattern cannot be set out in full for some reason, usually because the row repeat of each individual stitch pattern is not the same. I find it much easier to follow the patterns isolated in this way and to refer back to a specific panel if I have made a mistake or become confused. In the instructions for each piece there will be a few rows setting out the row on which to begin and the order in which the panel needs to be worked. On reaching the last row of the repeat of each panel start again from the first row, bearing in mind that you will be working different rows of panels at the same time.

With some designs, particularly lace, it can be difficult to keep the pattern when shaping. So, mark off your knitting where the repeat of the pattern starts at the beginning of the row and where it finishes at the end of the row. This will show you how many stitches need to be worked into the pattern. Work the stitches at the right-hand side of the knitting to match the end of the pattern repeat, and at the left-hand side to match the beginning of the pattern repeat.

0 0

Post a comment