Yarn Along (no.15)

by Josée

I’m joining Ginny for her Yarn Along today.

I’m frustrated. I’ve been stuck on the sleeves for Sweetpea’s dress all week. Knitting, unraveling, and making no progress. The pattern doesn’t make any sense to me. Maybe someone can help me make sense of these instructions:

Sleeves (make 2) 
Using size 8 needles, CO 62(66, 70, 70, 74, 82, 86).
Make ruffles as for hem. 33(35, 35, 37, 37, 41, 43) sts. Knit 4 rounds. Next round: K1, m1, knit to last st, m1, k1. Continue until sleeve measures 1(1.5, 1.75, 2, 2.25, 2.5, 2.75) inches from join with ruffles. Sleeve cap will now be worked flat. BO 2(2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4) sts. Dec 1 st every RS row 7(8, 9, 11, 13, 13, 15) times, then every row 4 (4, 4, 2, 0, 2, 0) times. BO 7 rem sts.

I’ve completed the ruffle, knitted the 4 rounds and completed the K1, m1, knit to last st, m1, k1. Now do I continue the K1, m1[…] until the sleeve measures 1.75 inches or do I just knit in rounds?

And then the sleeve cap makes no sense me because the stitches don’t add up. Only 22 stitches are decreased or bound off. What happens to the rest? Any ideas or suggestions?

[Update 02/03/2011 2:20pm] I contacted the designer and there is an errata in the pattern. The pattern should read. […] Continue in stockinette until sleeve measures 1(1.5, 1.75, 2, 2.25, 2.5, 2.75) inches from join with ruffles. BO 2(2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4) sts at the beginning of next 2 rows. Dec 1 st at each end every RS row 7(8, 9, 11, 13, 13, 15) times, then every row 4 (4, 4, 2, 0, 2, 0) times. BO 7 rem sts. I followed the new directions and successfully completed the first arm!

When I’m not unraveling the sleeves of this dress I’m reading The Write Start: A Guide to Nurturing Writing at Every Stage, from Scribbling to Forming Letters and Writing Stories.

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4 comments

Meredith March 2, 2011 - 8:56 pm

Well….I would read it as continue in the pattern specified by the previous row, which is the k1, m1, etc. Are the sleeves supposed to increase and then decrease or are they just straight to the bind off for the cap?? Sorry I'm really no help at all, but my hunch is to continue increasing for the specified inches and then begin the sleeve cap. Is the book by the same author of the blog by the same name?? She has great ideas for writing 🙂

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Mary G March 2, 2011 - 9:21 pm

Email the designer … she should have on there how many sts to inc. The left over sts not bo will be the top of the sleeve at the shoulder. But do email her .. she may not realize that her directions don't make sense.

But I love the colors … what yarn are you using?

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Josée March 2, 2011 - 10:35 pm

@ Meredith – yes the book is the same as the blog. She does have great ideas!

@ Mary – Thanks! I emailed her and there was an errata. I'm using Drops Merino Extra Fine in pink and white.

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Erin @ Wild Whispers March 3, 2011 - 1:48 am

I am going to have to check out that book… Looks like one I need to find and keep handy as we look into home educating our youngest!

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