Baby sandals In Baby Cashmerino Book


#1

HELP!! I am trying to knit the sandals on page 42 and 43 in this Baby Cashmerino Book:

http://www.debbieblissonline.com/Book.asp?bid=32

Does anyone have any experience with this teeny tiny little pattern that is driving me crazy?

P.S. Of course my husband says: “That is not a drive–it is merely a putt!” :aww:


#2

Mine would likely say the same about me!

I don’t have any experience with this book, but since no-one else has answered, I thought I would offer to look at the part of the pattern that is giving you trouble, if you want to type out that part.


#3

HI Abbilly: Thankx for the offer! I am working on the right sandal (looks like an old fashioned Mary Jane). I have 25 rows of garter stitch, which have formed the basic shoe(two sides, and a little bit of toe). It will be joined on the bottom or under side of the foot and at the heel. The problem I am having trouble with is the “instep”. That part of the shoe that comes up from the top of the toe (kind of like a tongue) and is joined with a strap over at the top. So here is the part that gives me fits. I can do the toe(instep )piece, but when I get to the end I have too many stitches left on my kneedle.
From the basic 25 rows (64 stitches on the needel) the instep reads like this:
K36, skpo, turn
sl 1, p8, p2tog, turn
sl 1, k8, skpo, turn
Repeat these two for seven more times
Then work first of the two again: (sl 1, p8, p2tog, turn)
Next row is Sl1 k to end
K17,k2tog, p8 skpo, k1 (total 44 stitches)

It seems to me that: if I start with 64 stitches, I should have reduced down a total of 17 stitches to 47 stitches. But the pattern says I will have reduced down 20 stitches to a total of 44. I always end up with too many stitches still on my needle.

Thanks for taking the time to help–


#4

I get reduced down 20:

K36, skpo, turn COLOR=Red[/COLOR]
sl 1, p8, p2tog, turn COLOR=Red[/COLOR]
sl 1, k8, skpo, turn COLOR=Red[/COLOR]
Repeat these two for seven more times COLOR=Red[/COLOR]
Then work first of the two again: (sl 1, p8, p2tog, turn) COLOR=Red[/COLOR]
Next row is Sl1 k to end
K17,k2tog, p8 skpo, k1 (total 44 stitches) COLOR=Red

Add all those together and you get 20 stitches reduced.

[COLOR=Black]Does that answer your question, or am I missing something? :)[/COLOR]
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#5

Ok, that’s a good start–now, I need to understand how it is that I have an even number of stitches left over. Sorry, I have ripped this out so many times, I have lost track of how many are usually left on --it is approximately 6. My thought is that I am doing something wrong with the skpo. Any ideas?


#6

skpo means slip one stitch to the right needle without knitting it, then knit the next stitch, then pass the slipped stitch over the knitted one (like you would if you were binding off a stitch). Is that what you’re doing?

Also, you’re knitting short rows here, so you’re not knitting to the end of the row most of the time- you’re turning before the end. If you’ve done short rows before, then you can tell me to shut up. :slight_smile: I just thought if you haven’t, that could be what is messing you up.


#7

Yes, that is what I am doing slipping the stitch knitwise on the knit row, and purl wise on the purl row. However, I have not worked on short rows before, so your insights are breathlessly awaited! It looks so simple: is there some trick to doing the turns?

Thank you again!


#8

Hi again! I just re-did the entire piece again–still have 3 stitches too many on the needle. Any suggestions as to what I am forgetting to do?:woot:


#9

OK… What are the directions before this part? Do you end up with the right number of stitches before this part?

Without being able to see what you’re doing, my only thought is to stop after each row and check your stitch count each time. Either you’re starting with too many stitches, or you’re missing some of the decreases somehow. Short rows are kind of challenging until you get the hang of it.

I tried to do a list for you of how many stitches you should have on each needle after each round- see if you are on track for each row and maybe that will tell us where the error is happening.

From the basic 25 rows (64 stitches on the needel) the instep reads like this: [COLOR=Red](start with 64 stitches on left needle)[/COLOR]
K36, skpo, turn [COLOR=Red](37 stitches on right needle, 26 on left needle- then turn your work around to go back the other way)[/COLOR]
sl 1, p8, p2tog, turn [COLOR=Red](After this row is complete you should have 36 on the right needle, 26 on the left- then turn work again so there are 36 on the left and 26 on the right needle.)[/COLOR]
sl 1, k8, skpo, turn [COLOR=Red](After this row is complete you have 36 stitches on the right needle, 25 on the left. Then turn your work so there are 25 on the right, 36 on the left.)[/COLOR]
Repeat these two for seven more times:

sl 1, p8, p2tog, turn [COLOR=Red](35 on right, 25 on left- then turn)[/COLOR]
sl 1, k8, skpo, turn [COLOR=Red](35 on right, 24 on left- then turn)[/COLOR]

sl 1, p8, p2tog, turn [COLOR=Red](34 on right, 24 on left - then turn)
[/COLOR] sl 1, k8, skpo, turn [COLOR=Red](34 on right, 23 on left- then turn)[/COLOR]

sl 1, p8, p2tog, turn [COLOR=Red](33 on right, 23 on left- then turn)[/COLOR]
sl 1, k8, skpo, turn [COLOR=Red](33 on right, 22 on left- then turn)[/COLOR]

sl 1, p8, p2tog, turn [COLOR=Red](32 on right, 22 on left- then turn)[/COLOR]
sl 1, k8, skpo, turn [COLOR=Red](32 on right, 21 on left- then turn)[/COLOR]

sl 1, p8, p2tog, turn [COLOR=Red](31 on right, 21 on left- then turn)[/COLOR]
sl 1, k8, skpo, turn [COLOR=Red](31 on right, 20 on left- then turn)[/COLOR]

sl 1, p8, p2tog, turn [COLOR=Red](30 on right, 20 on left- then turn)[/COLOR]
sl 1, k8, skpo, turn [COLOR=Red](30 on right, 19 on left- then turn)[/COLOR]

sl 1, p8, p2tog, turn [COLOR=Red](29 on right, 19 on left- then turn)[/COLOR]
sl 1, k8, skpo, turn [COLOR=Red](29 on right, 18 on left- then turn)[/COLOR]
Then work first of the two again: (sl 1, p8, p2tog, turn)
[COLOR=Red](28 on right, 18 on left- then turn)[/COLOR]
Next row is Sl1 k to end [COLOR=Red](46 on right, nothing on left- then turn)[/COLOR]
K17,k2tog, p8 skpo, k1 (total 44 stitches) [COLOR=Red](44 on right, nothing on left)

[COLOR=Black]Hope that helps! :)[/COLOR]
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#10

oh dear heart–you did not have to do all that for me! But I am truly greatful! I am going to wrip back to 64 and let you know how it comes out. My intuition tells me that probably what is happening is that when I start the knit row, I am forgetting to slip the first one on some of those rows! D’ya think? :muah:


#11

Yup, I think that’s probably what it is. :slight_smile: Let me know how it turns out!


#12

Ohh Abbily–what a clever gal you are!!! I just printed out your carefully calculated rows, and I learned something wonderful. (You really are never too old to learn). I learned to break the information down as you did,print it out. Do you know what happen? I’ll bet you knew all along–the mistakes are so easy to see.

I have just knitted the first set of 2, and have to set my beloved knitting aside for a few hours–but, I will tell you the first mistake I found! There may be others–but, the failure to sl some stitches combined with the big whopper made the extra stitches.

Shall I tell you what it was? You will laugh! I was counting the first set as set #1, thenwhen I started the series of “7 more”. My next set was #2. The effect was to short me one set. Because, I am working on small #2.5. needles, it is difficult for me to count. I was marking down each row with a pencil/paper–but, my mind was doing something else!! Ok, I will tell you how it comes out tonight. Have a great day and thank you so much for the new way of seeing/doing.
:aww:


#13

Sometimes you just have to write it all out to see it clearly. :slight_smile: I would never laugh- seriously, I have made some really bizarre knitting mistakes! :slight_smile: