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February 14th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Instructions for Knitting

Just started afghan "Celtic Tradition" from "Big Needle Knit Afghans" for a Christmas gift. I don’t know if I’m dumb, or pattern is wrong, but it’s not working for me.

Cast on 165 sts. Knit 7 rows in garter. Pattern – Knit 1st & last 7 sts in garter.

Rows 1, 3, & 5, knit.

Rows 2 & 4: P3, k2, *p5, k2, rep from * across, end last rep p3. (When I get there after last p5, k2, I have 13 stitches or 6 plus my 7 stitch garter border.)

Rows 6 & 8 (K2, sl 1) twice, *k3, sl 1, k2, sl 1, rep from * across, end last rep k2. (I believe I’d need 6 stitches to end with k2, but there are only 5 + 7 on needle.)

Row 7 works out – P2, sl 1, k2, sl 1, *p3, sl 1, k2, sl 1, rep from * across, end last rep p2.

Row 9: K2, C4, *k3, c4, rep from * across, end last rep k2. (There are 5 stitches + 7, not 2 + 7.

Row 10 repeats row 2.

Don’t know if I’m reading this wrong, but I’m stuck, and I’m dreading pulling my work out. Can someone help?

hmmm… I just tried to do the math for you, and the required cast on certainly does not correspond to the directions. So, either the CO number is incorrect, or the border instructions are incorrect, and/or the pattern repeat is incorrect. I also googled the book and corrections, and came up with this link: http://www.drgbooks.com/knitting/corrections1.html

According to that link, it says that the correct CO for the Celtic Traditions should be 162. However, based on what you provided the math still does not work out. The publisher is counting the pattern repeat as 7+1, which would work out IF there is NO border. If there was no border on the sides, having a 162 st CO would leave you 8 non-repeating sts and 7 repeating sts (21 repeats) for Rows 2, 4, 6-9. But you noted that there’s a border pattern on the sides where you knit the 1st st and the last 7 sts (8 sts total).

Anyhow, I played around with the math a little, and it looks like you could make it work if you cast on 156 sts, based on having border and the 10 rows you posted. (This would also make sense if the typesetter reversed the numbers.) With a 156 st CO, it works out that for rows 2, 4, 6-9, you’d have 8 sts for the border, 8 non-repeated sts, and 7 sts that you repeat 20 times. Now, before you embark trying this out, I suggest you check the math on the rest of the pattern, just in case there are other errors. I seems that this book is chock full of errors.

Hope this helped you! Good luck

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mythili m // Feb 14, 2010 at

    didnt understand
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  • 2 Crafty Diversions // Feb 14, 2010 at

    hmmm… I just tried to do the math for you, and the required cast on certainly does not correspond to the directions. So, either the CO number is incorrect, or the border instructions are incorrect, and/or the pattern repeat is incorrect. I also googled the book and corrections, and came up with this link: http://www.drgbooks.com/knitting/corrections1.html

    According to that link, it says that the correct CO for the Celtic Traditions should be 162. However, based on what you provided the math still does not work out. The publisher is counting the pattern repeat as 7+1, which would work out IF there is NO border. If there was no border on the sides, having a 162 st CO would leave you 8 non-repeating sts and 7 repeating sts (21 repeats) for Rows 2, 4, 6-9. But you noted that there’s a border pattern on the sides where you knit the 1st st and the last 7 sts (8 sts total).

    Anyhow, I played around with the math a little, and it looks like you could make it work if you cast on 156 sts, based on having border and the 10 rows you posted. (This would also make sense if the typesetter reversed the numbers.) With a 156 st CO, it works out that for rows 2, 4, 6-9, you’d have 8 sts for the border, 8 non-repeated sts, and 7 sts that you repeat 20 times. Now, before you embark trying this out, I suggest you check the math on the rest of the pattern, just in case there are other errors. I seems that this book is chock full of errors.

    Hope this helped you! Good luck
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    am a nerdy knitter

  • 3 ukquilter // Feb 14, 2010 at

    I don’t think the previous answer could be bettered. If I were you I’d contact the publishers and make a comment. Modern knitting patterns are full of mistakes, and my friends and I waste hours trying to work out what should be correct.
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  • 4 mombearto4 // Feb 15, 2010 at

    It is, of course, entirely possible that the instructions are wrong, and you should definitely contact the manufacturer.

    However, another great resource for knitting help is, appropriately, http://www.knittinghelp.com. They have lots of videos and lots of info in case you feel you need more knowledge. (I have no affiliations with this site, just have found it terribly helpful myself and did buy the CD with the entire contents of the web site on it.)

    Someone else told me that when I got confused by repeats, I should just write them out without the repeats and use that to go by. I have done that with some confusing patterns and found that things straightened themselves out when I did that.
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    http://www.knittinghelp.com

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