By Jan Eaton
The basics—knitting, purling, following charted styles, completing off edges, storing accomplished works. The “pattern library” in again supplies lots of principles for including appealing lace borders to towels, tablecloths, and extra, and eyelet and textured styles make dazzling sweaters.
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Indd 29 29 1/5/16 12:58 PM you should be clear about what you want the knitter to do. LLI, RLI: Because they’re obscure. SSK, SSP, SK2PO, S2KPO: Because these are often misunderstood and worked incorrectly. W&t: Because there are several possible methods, and it’s not a commonly known maneuver. B: K1b is used variously for beaded stitches, for brioche stitches, and for knitting in the back loop. Some abbreviations should be avoided, in general: Inc: this is not a speciﬁc increase. Sure, if you need to shorten the word “increasing,” go ahead, but it’s not an instruction.
Cast on 100 stitches. Row 1 (RS): K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. 98 sts. If the row is to be repeated, express the change in stitch count on the row, and then the total stitch count after the repeats are complete. Cast on 100 stitches. Row 1 (RS): K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. 2 sts decreased. Row 2 (WS): Purl. Repeat the last 2 rows 4 more times. 90 stitches. As in these examples, it’s much more knitterfriendly to be speciﬁc about the type of increase and decrease required, and the placement.
Techniques, or included in the ﬂow of the patterns at the relevant point—is a question of personal preference, and ideally is established in your style sheet. See A Personal Style Sheet on page 44 for more discussion of this. Either way, make the instructions easy to ﬁnd. ) Pattern Notes This is where you gather any “extra” info you might have. Suggestions for creating other versions? Tips on how to resize? Put them at the start of the pattern, not at the end. Knitters don’t always read through the full pattern before they start knitting.