Monday, January 17, 2005

What size should I make?

This is my first sweater and I don't know what size to go with. I bought enough yarn to do up to 42/43. I have a 36 inch bust, but I don't want it to be too form fitting, so I thought I would go up a size or two. but I don't want it to be super oversized either. I know, I know. What a general question, probably not an exact answer to it. But I figured someone out there can at least push me in the right direction.

I am hoping to start my cardi any day now. I am forcing myself to finish the match to my first sock ever before I do anything else. The socks are for my hubby, who anxiously awaits them. Once he gets them, I don't think there will be any issues with the money I spent for Ribby :)

And now for my two beginner questions. I was reading through my pattern and there are two things that stump me.

1) In the section for the Back Armhole Shaping, it says "work all WS row stiches as they appear in established pattern". That's not the same as "work stiches as they appear", is it? I think this is one of those questions that if I were actually knitting at that point I would "see" what I should do. But it doesn't hurt to know ahead of time either.

2) "Work armhole and neck shaping as for left front, reversing all shapings, but wherever there is SSK, work K2TOG" Is this a literal thing?

O.K. I think I am going to put the pattern away until I start. The more I read over it, the more questions I have. Note to self: Less thinking, more knitting Liz.

And last but not least, I love all the pictures you guys are sharing. I am slightly jealous of the two tone cardis. I couldn't decide on a second color, so mine is just plain ol' chocolate brown.


Blogger Roxanne said...

Hi Liz...first comment would be if you're a 36 inch chest, a 42/43 is going to be way too big and you'll be swimming in it. My suggestion...measure a sweater you wear now and like how it feels to determine the inches around the sweater. When I got to the part you're quoting for armhole shaping on the back, I followed my stitches on the WS and knit/purl as they appeared...just do on the WS what you already did on the will make more sense when you get to it. And yes, it's literal for the K2TOG for the SSK...they are the opposites of each other so if you're doing the opposite side, you have to do the opposite stitch. Hope that helps...

5:06 PM

Blogger Liz said...

O.K. I am starting to get it... But on the reversed shapings... I know the SSK and K2TOG are opposites, but what about the rest of the row? For instance, if it started with a knit st and the row ended with a purl...would I start with a purl and end with a knit? DOes that even make sense? hehe I don't have my pattern in front of me so I can't be more clear right now.

7:42 PM

Blogger Roxanne said...

Hi Liz...when you turn your work around, yes, the stitches will be opposite. A knit on the RS will be a purl on WS and vice versa...LOL The decreases depend on the one slant is SSK and the other slant is K2TOG. It'll make sense when you get there and see it unfolding.

8:25 PM

Blogger LeAnne said...

I'm a 36 bust and decided to make the 40/41 after I measured a cardigan I already have. It's good you bought the extra yarn, though, because I ended up not having enough for my sleeves.

10:34 AM


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