so cute, this great knit teddy bear pattern using blue sky alpaca (i love). but! the pattern is unclear. it is for "beginners with some experience" -ha! the elderly woman at not just yarn in brattleboro vermont was like "humph! i like to think i'm a little more than a beginner!" truly though, i just think the pattern is a little unclear.
so after knitting 40 sts in the round and then dividing them and kniting back and forth, decreasing to make what is the front and back of the bear it says:
turn work upside down. with mc, circular needle and RS facing, working back and forth in rows on the bears back as foll:
row 1 sl first 3 sts to empty st holder, pick up and knit next 14 sts, sl rem 3 sts to empty st holder [14 sts]
row 2 purl to end
row 3 (inc row): knit to end, k 1 from st holder [15 sts]
row 4 (inc row): purl to end, p1 from st holder [16 sts]
and do that till all 20 are on the needle
so, i'm assuming that i am picking up sts from the cast on edge (turn work upside down), but i'm not clear about the rest here. why am i slipping stitches to a st holder when i could just pick them up on subsequent rows? and then that makes holes in my work. no, i am definitely doing something wrong.
amy, if you read this i know northhampton woolens has a couple of these bears made down there (that's where i bought the pattern). if you go there very often maybe you can peak at the pattern and tell me where i am going wrong? ha!
i'm already like $80 into this silly bear!