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PATTERN a very simple pattern and we can do a lot with it and
it allows you to use left over yarns, new yarns or anything you want and
knitting sideways is new to some of us. Some of you have knit sideways
but most of us have not. It's fun to begin doing something different.
(GAUGE 3 STS PER INCH) you know you
will have to knit a little swatch to see what your gauge is for the yarns
you want to use. If I was guessing I would say a thick yarn, worsted weight
yarn or two threads held together and probably a size 10 needle. Try that
but this vest has a lot of leeway so if you are not exact it will still
CAST ON 30 STS (10")(OR MORE IF WANT LONGER LOOK) we will
later add ribbing or maybe not..stay flexible
KNIT ONE ROW
INCREASE NECK EDGE EVERY OTHER ROW 12 TIMES so you began with 30 stitches
and you have knit 25 rows and you now have 42 stitches on your needle.
INCREASE NECK EDGE EVERY ROW 6 TIMES so at the end of these 6 increases
you have knit a total of 31 rows and you have 48 stitches on your needle.
KNIT ACROSS FOR SHOULDER WIDTH however many inches you
want, maybe 2 inches , maybe 4 inches for your shoulder width. Some of
you may want a wide shoulder and some of you want a narrow shoulder. It's
up to you. Don't forget there's no right or wrong. Go ahead and make a
decision.. Go for it!
BIND OFF 25 TO 30 STS (DEPTH OF ARM HOLE)
DECREASE 1 STS EVERY OTHER ROW 3 TIMES this makes a graceful curve.
KNIT EVEN FOR 1 INCH
INCREASE 1 STS EVERY OTHER ROW 3 TIMES this balances the front other curve
CAST ON AMOUNT OF STS YOU BOUND OFF
KNIT across TO MATCH FRONT SHOULDER WIDTH
DECREASE FOR NECK EDGE now you have to think a little
bit you might want to decrease one or two stitches for a small dip because
you are probably going to add ribbing or some finish to this edge and
a curve will be nice but you can leave it just straight if you want.
WHEN YOU ARE 4 INCHES FROM BEGINNING OF NECK EDGE YOU ARE IN MIDDLE
OF BACK OF NECK EDGE.
This means that your neck edge is 8 inches across.
You might want to adjust all these instructions but for the first time
just follow directions. It doesn't take that much yarn and it only takes
about 6 hours to knit and you will learn a lot knitting it if you combine
yarns or try different stitches. You can put a pattern in it or add popcorn
stitches. Change from stockinet to garter or special stitch. Just any
combination if do just have a good time. Probably if you are having fun
then it's probably going to be okay. If it's a struggle then maybe you
should shut your eyes and pick some more yarn because it shouldn't be
that much of a struggle. But if you think you are making a mess, well
whenever I think I am making a horrible mess it usually means I am learning
something but I have to make the mess before I learn what it is I don't
know so you just have to trust me and soon you will learn for yourself.
When you get to the back middle of the neck just REPEAT FOR OTHER
SIDE-KNITTING ON AROUND AND REVERSING THE PROCESS
If you have a different gauge:
if 4 1/2 STS PER INCH THEN CAST ON 42 STS
INCREASE EVERY OTHER ROW 14 STS (56 STS TOTAL NOT)
INCREASE 1 ST EVERY ROW 12 STS (68 TOTAL STITCHES
if 5 STS TO INCH THEN CAST ON 50 STS
INCREASE EVERY OTHER TILL 80 STS TOTAL
INCREASE EVERY OTHER ROW FOR 10 MORE STS (90) TOTAL
let's talk about gauge now. Whatever you are knitting could be considered
a gauge. You know the size needles you have and you know the yarn you are
using. An accurate swatch = after you knit it might relax after 10",
well you might relax and your stitches get bigger so if you had 4 stitches
to the inch then you might get only 3 1/2 stitches to the inch which means
your garment is going to grow. Sometimes that's good if you're bigger at
the top than your waistline but you do need to know this information.
It is necessary to know how many stitches per inch. Different patterns change
the stitches per inch. Some patterns spread wider than other so it's very
important. So with the same yarn and the same size needles if you get 4
stitches to the inch and with a pattern you only get 3 this means your garment
will be a lot wider.Knit a sample first.
We combine yarn
different ways for different reasons:
Color - many or one
Texture - different
Texture but all one color range
We buy color because it makes us feel good for that moment it's pretty
or it's something we wanted at that moment. Maybe the next day we don't
want it but that's alright because there will be another day when we do
want it again.
Later we can add more yarn that go with it and make something !!
Left over yarns are a good core for next project !!!! These are great
because they will just sit there and wait. Someday you will see something
and know that that is the perfect yarn to put with the left overs for
a new look. Put a cedar square in with the yarn to deter bugs.
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