I'm currently knitting a babies cardigan using Peter Gregory pattern booklet 7156. Double knitting yarn and 3 1/4mm (UK10-USA3) needles and 4mm (UK8-USA6 needles.
My problem is with the sleeves. I'm still working on the first one as I've had to redo it twice already! I don't know if it's something I'm doing wrong, or if the pattern is at fault.
The problem arises when I come to the shaping the raglan top, and the number of stitches after increases and, towards the end of shaping, decreases.
I'm going to share the sleeve instructions (please let me know if this is too much of the pattern to share, and I'll remove it).
Please note that I'm making the second size, i.e. the first number in brackets, and the sleeves include lace paneling which I'm omitting for my particular cardigan. I've put my own notes in blue text.
Using 3 1/4 needles, cast on 29(31-33-35-37) sts and work 10(10-10-1-12) rows in rib as given for Back. [COLOR="Blue"]I've had no problem with this part all.[/COLOR]
Change to 4mm needles.
1st row: k6(7-8-9-10), work 1st row of Lace Panel across next 17 sts, k6(7-8-9-10).
2nd row: p6(7-8-9-10), work 2nd row of Lace Panel, p6(7-8-9-10).
These 2 rows form st st at either side of Lace Panel. Keeping continuity of 12 rows of Lace Panel correct throughout inc 1 st at each end of next and every foll 2nd(2nd-2nd-2nd-4th) row until there are 37(39-37-39-51) sts, then every foll 4th(4th-4th-4th-6th row until there are 41(45-49-53-57) sts. Work straight until sleeve measures 10(13-16-19-22) cms, ending with a wrong side row.
[COLOR="Blue"]Notice this?: "until there are 37(39-37-39-51) sts."
Do you think that 39 as the second size is wrong? Should it be 37 instead? I have no idea, AND the second time I started the sleeve again, I decided to try increasing to 37, instead of 39, to see if it made any difference. No luck.[/COLOR]
Shape Raglan Top
Cast off 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows.
3rd row: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, work to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
4th row: P2, work to last 2 sts, p2.
Rep the last 2 rows until 19(19-15-11-11) sts rem, ending with a wrong side row.
[COLOR="Blue"]This is where my problem is. I do the last 2 rows, but now I've reached a point (as I have two times before!) where there are 21 sts left, and I can't repeat those two rows again without loosing more than two sts, which wont leave me with the 19 I need. I will have less than 19, thus messing up what I need to do next. I have no idea where I'm going wrong. Up until this part, I have all the right number of sts and measurements required. Please help (if you can)![/COLOR]
Next row: K1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, work to last 4 sts, k3tog, k1.
Next row: p2, work to last 2 sts, p2.
Rep the last 2 rows 2(2-1-0-0) times more.
Cast off remaining 7 sts.
This is beginning to drive me nuts. I just want to figure it out! This is the first cardigan I've made, the only other things I've knitted have been scarves.
If anyone can see anything noticeable in the pattern, or has any idea how I might be going wrong, I would love to hear from you.
If you need any more info, I'll include it for you.
Thanks so much!