Archive - Dec 19, 2005

Increases - Stupid Mathematical Question

I'm knitting the sleeves to my sweater. Frankly they have been driving me a bit crazy since this is the 1st sweater I'm knitting that is not in the round. I've ripped more times than I care to admit.

The pattern calls for a M1 increase at each edge starting on the RS then every following 7th row. The "Following 7th row" instruction is a bit vague to me. Which option is correct?

Option 1
Row 0 (RS): Increase
* row 1 (WS): P
row 2 (RS): K
row 3 (WS): P
row 4 (RS): K
row 5 (WS): P
row 6 (RS): K
row 7 (WS): Increase *

or

Option 2
Row 1 (RS): Increase
* row 2 (WS): P
row 3 (RS): K

The final design

Technique should be secondary to the final product. What is your conception? What do you, as knitter, want to produce? If I am working on a school sweater for a young, athletic child -- lots of running, playing, and moving involved -- I use durable yarn, lots of acrylic, machine washable and machine dryable, and a design that allows for movement. Usually a knit-in-the-round design, maybe using cut armholes or cut front for a cardigan. For a young woman's formal wear, I might use a tailored design, done flat on two needles and with seams to retain the shape of the sweater. The yarn is usually a fine yarn in luxurious fiber, perhaps cashmere, alpaca, or mohair. It all depends on the use intended for the end product.