Need help with a pattern from the Knits mag

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Soshine wrote
on Nov 20, 2014 1:14 PM

Hi Kathleen, 

Although this is not about the knit along project I am hoping that you can help me.

I started to knit the Cardiff Coat pattern by Jennifer Wood as it is absolutely gorgeous but I am having a lot of difficulties to understand the pattern. I can't even get going and had to undo the first few rows already.  So we start at the collar on a circular needle but don't join. The first row is fine and well explain but then it gets complicated.  Then it says " Work Rows 1-18 of Collar Chart - 42 sts rem. The problem is that the Collar chart has 31 sts only and we are supposed to have 42 sts left? so are the 5 seed stitch done at the beginning and end of every rows for the entire collar? Also the Collar chart has a 13 st repeat but how often do we repeat them? it doesn't say anywhere. The second row we have 96 stitches then have to do the pattern chart which has 31 stitches but we are supposed to have 42 stitches left after for the yoke which doesn't add up. can anyone help? Thank you so much!  

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AndreaW wrote
on Nov 22, 2014 5:23 PM

Hi Soshine....   (whoops, sorry; wrong name)

I haven't made this sweater although I have the magazine w/ it.  I'll try to give you @ least a quick reply that will hopefully help?

First. when you look @ the pic on p27... close-up of collar.... you can see there is a column of seed st on both sides of the collar. So, safe to assume you need to work that on both sides. I would place a M (marker) 5 sts (both sides) in so you remember to work those sts in seed st. 

If you look @ the collar chart + the key that goes w/ it... you'll see that the # of sts actually decreases as you go. See the grey blocks = "no stitch". There are actually 8 sts less per 13 st patt rep..... + the 3 sts on each side of the chart (6 total there). I don't know what size you are making/ # of sts @ beginning.... so I can't do the math.

As for how many reps of patt to work?  In any patt that uses "reps"..... that depends on how many total sts you have to work with. You will work the beginning 9sts of the chart. Then you will work as many reps (marked by upright red lines) as you can fit in. You need to allow for the final 9 sts of the chart + the 5 seed sts @ the end of course. Personally I love markers!!!  I would put one between each patt rep. I see the cables actually cross the rep line... so you would need to remove M's for rows 7 + 15 in order to do the cable crosses.

To put it another way; the chart has 31 sts when it includes one rep in the center, plus the 2 sets of side chart sts.

If you had two center reps = 44sts.     Three center reps = 57 sts........ and so on.

It's possible there could be a mistake too.... I haven't made the sweater. But if you take this new info... perhaps you can figure it out?  If not, let me know what sz you are making + I'll try to do the math. If I'm slow answering.... sorry, a bit crazy busy @ the moment!!!

    Take Care.... Andrea


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