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Knit Like Crazy
Lesson 2
Knitting Sideways

 

 

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Lessons 1 Lesson 2 Lesson 3 Lesson 4

Lesson 5 Lesson 6 Lesson 7 Lesson 8

Lesson 9 Lesson 10 Lesson 11 Lesson 12

 

 

VEST PATTERN
knitting sideways with
or without pattern.

vest knit sideways

 

vest knit sideways
ribb added to bottom

 

VEST 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 be wonderful.

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

  GAUGE 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 stitches

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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