Thursday, May 12, 2005

HELP!

I know that I am not the only one who finds Rowan patterns quite confusing when first read. They do speak a whole other knitting language. So here I am, working away on "Loll"...just loving it, when I question my knitting...am I doing this right? So I present it to you...what would you do...
I marked my stitch (counting in from both ends of last row, place markers on 30th sts.)
Keeping slipped sts correct throughout, shape waist as folls:
work 2 tog, (rib to within 1 st of marked st, p3tog-marked st is centre st of this group of 3 sts) twice, rib to last 2 sts, work 2 tog.
exibit A:
So the marked st is the slipped stitch in the pattern, then I have to p3tog including that slipped stitch...is this correct? Now there is no slipped stitch in the rib pattern and there is a large reverse st st area. It did say to keep slipped stitches correct...but they have eliminated this one...right?
exibit b:
I then have to work 11 rows then decrease again...this time I will eliminate the slipped sts on either side of the marked st by p3tog across the slipped st in the same way. It's hard to see in the picture how the pattern looks in this "darted" area...but the whole thing looks ribbed with the slipped sts.
Anyone? Anyone? I'm sure I will run into the same problem when I increase.

"Hazel" was calling me from my knitting bag today. Unfinished, waiting, not feeling good about it. So I ripped back the shoulders...did some short rows...first time...not sure if I like the way I tried to figure it out. I added some length to the shoulder area...making the neck more rounded than boatnecked. I think my MIL will like it better. Here she is as I reblocked the repairs...

Ok, in preview, the picture looks horrible...but she is done I tell you...DONE. Now for my MIL to try on....oh man...

12 comments:

Yarngirl said...

I wish I could help or give an encouraging word - but those patterns tend to confuse the heck out of me! The only thing I can tell you is to do the same thing universally. It does look beautiful so far.

Lauren said...

I wish I could help, Carolyn. Sorry it is giving you problems. Could you go to your LYS and check with them?

I like Hazel too--very pretty!

Tara said...

Okay, I'm not positive, but I'm thinking that if you keep doing the same thing, the next decrease round should kinda sinch that area together. So it should make that knit stitch kinda disappear like it would if you had seamed two pieces together. Hope it works out b/c it's so cute!

Susan said...

Hi Carolyn, I am working on Loll also. I have completed the back, one sleeve, left front and am working on the right front. You are knitting it correctly. My back has 4 slipped stitches together separated by a purl (s,P,s,p,s,p,s). When you start increasing there will be more purls in between until the pattern returns as in the beginning. I love working on Loll! I am using the seagreen calmer. I don't have a blog but I love reading knitting blogs

Colleen said...

Look, I'm stuck in my own Rowan hell at the moment :-). I can't spreat myself *too* thin.

Looks like you did that one properly to me.

Anonymous said...

Okay, little sister, finally I can respond. Are you nuts! Come on down to TO and we'll go shopping it's faster. Just kidding when can you start mine! Just fake it no one will ever know there is a problem. What's going on with those kids they have been soooo sick this year. Maybe you like staying home with them so you can knit!! You go girl.
One of your big sister (#3)
CK

Sarah said...

I took the shaping out after realizing that it wouldn't flatter me, but here's what I figured out before I made that decision:

The pattern is not written to look like the picture.

I would mark the center purl stitch either to the left or right of the stitch you have marked, and then continue on as written. The slipped stitches will remain intact, and will merge together with the decreases and then move apart with the decreases. I firmly believe that is what you're looking at in the photo -- the slipped stitches are never interrupted.

Does this make sense?

Sarah said...

Oops! I mean that the slipped stitches will merge together with the decreases and then move apart with the INCREASES. Sorry!

Sarah said...

Hey! My maiden name is Strong, but I'm not aware of any Canadian relatives . . .

Susan said...

I've been struggling with this pattern also - LOVE the fringe (and made a fun hat for a friend with lots of random fringe), and like the way the rib-pattern looks, but the pattern is confusing the #*# out of me. I've resorted to writing out the stitch pattern to get a feel for what I have to do on each row.

I did read on a different message board that Rowan said there was a mistake, that for size medium the marked stitch should be the 29th (not the 30th) and that they would print a correction. But when I saw pictures of these garments, I don't like the look of the slipped stitch eventually winding up with two right together.

I prefer the way I did it, having one row of slipped stitches ending (so it looks more like a "tuck" in a sewn sweater).

After all the weeks working on the fringe, it seems like it's going really quickly now, at least when I'm not writing out stitches from the pattern!

Good luck -

Susan.

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