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Shirley J

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  1. The other thing I was thinking - if you look at the diagram it shows the sweater straight up with no indent. If I go with the stretching to 20 will it still be straight up or will it pull in, if that makes any sense.


  2. No it didn't say it measures 20 inches but when you look at the diagram it does show 20 so I figured that is what I was supposed to end up with. I'm using that foundation chain stitch to start so it does stretch pretty good.So do I just stretch it?


  3. https://knitted-patterns.com/knitting-for-women/crochet/tunics-dresses/3227-cranberry-sweater-tunic


    I tested my gauge. I get the right number of stitches but my rows are off. For example, when I do the ribbing I'm supposed to do 96 rows which is supposed to measure 20 inches. Then I work 86 stitches into the 96 rows. I only get 16 inches. I don't know what to do. If I go up in size my stitches will be off and then I would also have to go up a size to do the body which would make that off as well.

  4. OK so I went up to a size 5 hook and did 40 stitches that measured 9.5 inches across. 40/9.5=4.210. 1/4.210=0.237x 172 =40.855. So if the finished size is 40 I should be ok now or should I try a smaller hook to try and get closer to 40.

  5. Well at one point I thought I had some clarity but now I'm hopelessly confused again. So before when I did a sample and then blocked it, I think I stretched it out. So the sample came out too big. Also, I don't think I was measuring it properly. So I've tried another sample. This time I did 40 stitched ( you'd said it was better to do a few more) and 20 rows. Then I measured the whole piece and my stitches per inch came out really small, like 4.57. I do tend to crochet tighter as opposed to looser but I didn't think that tight. So what do I do now. After doing some reading it said to go down a hook size  but that would make my hook a 2.75. That's getting really small. :(


  6. OK so after blocking it measures 7 1/4 across and 5 7/8 deep . I'm making a medium (40). So that would be 86 +86 for 172 stitches across. So that would be 7.25 divided by 30 = 0.241 x 172= 41.56.  so is this right? Would I be ok with this gauge without changing the needle size?




  7. Another question on this pattern... I'm about to do the gauge check but I'm a bit confused. It says 30 body pattern sts (I understand what those are) = 7 inches. Does this mean that if a chain 30 and then do a row of pattern stitches it should measure 7 inches? Also, is this stretched at all or just as it lays?


    The same with the 20 rows = 5 1/2 inches.

    I know I'm supposed to block once done so do I measure after blocking? Am I correct in thinking that when you block it stretches it a bit? Thanks


  8. So this might be a silly question but .... everytime I find a pattern I like and want to try, when I search for the yarn that has been used I can't find it anywhere. It's been discontinued or it's out of stock. I believe it's the yarn used that makes the product so attractive. How do I go about finding an alternative so that the end result will be the same? Will just getting another yarn in the same weight work the same? I'm not experienced enough to know the answer and don't want to spend a lot of money to end up with something I don't like or that really doesn't work the same.




  9. Thank you very much. Granny Square I would like to say a very special thank you to you for always answering my questions and providing the help I've needed to get the job done. I'm sure, if you're willing I'll be relying on your expertise in the near future.


  10. Hi,

    I"m fairly new to making garments, having just completed my first sweater. The pattern was listed as easy. I am now inspired to try again. I came across this pattern but it doesn't say what level of expertise it is so I  am hoping that some of you more experienced ladies would be able to take a look and give me your opinion. I've looked at the pattern and have some questions but then I had questions on the other one that I just made and managed, with the help of others to finish it. Here is the pattern link: http://knitted-patterns.com/knitting-for-women/crochet/tunics-dresses/3227-cranberry-sweater-tunic


    Thanks in advance.

  11. Can I ask another question regarding this pattern. I have now made the front piece. I am working on the shaping the shoulder section. I have done them both but it doesn't make sense. One side has six stitches with 8 left unworked and the other side has 8 stitches worked with 6 unworked. I don't understand how this can come together. I work both from the rs

    I started each side with 14 stitches.

    Shape left shoulder: Next row:
    (RS). Skip first 8 sts.
    Join yarn with sl st to next dc.
    Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as last sl st. Pat
    to end of row. Fasten off.

    Shape right shoulder: Next row:
    (RS). Ch 1. Pat across first 8
     sts. Fasten off. Leave rem sts

    I have frogged this a few times now and come out with the same thing.


  12. So for some further clarification - where it says continue  in pattern until armhole measures 8 rows less than Back to shoulder - what does the Back to shoulder mean?


    Also, the next step would be to finish with a ws and then start with rs where I will pattern across for 20 sts ( which would leave 33 stitches that I won't work) on the same piece. Is this correct?

  13. I am making this sweater: http://www.yarnspirations.com/patterns/adult-crochet-crew-neck-pullover.html?id=201109

    I have made it to the front section but now I'm wondering if the directions are correct or if I'm reading them wrong. Regarding this statement:

    Work from ** to ** as given for
    Back. - {So here I'm thinking I'm supposed to do the same as I did when I made the back (which had 73 stitches for large) But the pattern says 53 stitches. )}

    Cont even in pat over 49 (53) sts until armhole measures
    8 rows less than Back to shoulder,
    ending on a WS row.


    When doing the back there are 73 stitches. Is this a typo or am I doing something wrong.


    I would really appreciate some expert help on this. Thanks in advance.

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