intarsia help?

kylewilliam's picture

I'm working on a sweater... and need your help - go to my blog

http://kyleknits.blogspot.com/2007/12/stuck-help-this-pattern-is-confusing.html
and see my dilemma... the problem is (basically) that this is pretty much the first time I have tried intarsia, and I can't figure out how to read the chart at the same time as doing the decreasing...

and since many of you are amazing - I thought you might have some ideas about how to talk me through it :)

thanks for your imput!

and happy holidays! :)

Kyle

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scenter's picture

Kyle: The way I read those

Kyle:

The way I read those instructions is that the 'chart' is inserted between the other stitches they give you to do in order to make the complete row.

So, row 1 is with color A knit 2 then knit two together (thus there are 3 stitches on the right needle before the chartwork begins), then work the chart as written, then come back to the text instructions, using color A and sl-1-k1-psso and then knit two (and therefore four stitches on the lefthand needle after the chartwork ends). At the beginning of this row you should have 4 extra stitches on either side of the stitches required for the chart pattern, and then because of the decreases have 3 stitches on either side when you are finished. Row 2 has 3 purl stitches on either side of the chart.

I hope that clarifies it for ya.

kylewilliam's picture

...and that all makes sense

...and that all makes sense (BUT) I have the exact number of stitches required on my needles... and if I "use" up some of those stitches for the stitches at the beginning and end of the row, I don't have enough to do the pattern... I'm thinking that I just have to "eat up" some of the stitches in the pattern for the beginning and end... of course, the way the chart goes, maybe it's accounting for those stitches anyway because of the way it rounds... what you're saying makes sense... so I'll have to study it when I get home...

thanks! :)

Kyle

www.kyleknits.blogspot.com

scenter's picture

hmmm...interesting

hmmm...interesting dilemma....When you said "I have the exact number of stitches" I am assuming that the 'exact number' is for the chart stitches only? In that case you will have to 'eat up' stitches from the chart so....

Upon looking further at "Chart II" on your linked site and taking a guess -
row 15 - bind off 6 and knit in pattern til end
row 16 - bind off 6 and knit in pattern til end
row 17 - bind off 4 and knit in pattern til end
row 18 - bind off 4 and knit in pattern til end
So...it appears you are doing row 19 of the chart? Which appears to = row 1 of the written instructions? The three 'dotted boxes' at the beginning will be your four stitches after the decrease - the jog to the left in the edge of the chart shows the decrease, and likewise with the other end -the jog to the right represents your decrease, and the two dotted boxes and the grey box are your three stitches after the row is complete.
Hope that helps, and doesn't confuse you more.

kylewilliam's picture

Kyle www.kyleknits.blogspot.c

Kyle

www.kyleknits.blogspot.com