Hi everybody- I’m new here!
I am working on this same bikini. I am knitting it up in Lana Grossa’s new cotton print (60% cotton and 40% microfiber) on 4mm needles. I was wondering about using this yarn (whether it will bag or not), but my informal poll suggested it should be fine. Apparently a lot of these fiber blends are quite new and they don’t know how they will behave in “beach conditions”. I’d love to hear any opinions on the subject of fiber blends.
I am having problems similar to Tracy with the counting of inc/dec. This is the most shaping I have ever done in a project. However, with some help, I have have solved part of the problem.
The first confusing passage (for the bottom):
“Working in St st, inc 1 st each side every (alternate 2nd and 4th row) for a total of 6 times-80 (84,88)sts.”
An accomplished knitter had me chart this out and it looks like this:
1 (starting with 68 st size S)
(I think this is actually off by one row at the beginning, but you get the idea. 1-2*, 1-2-3-4*)
I am confused at this passage:
“Dec 1 st each side every other row 13 (16,17) times, every 4th row 5 times- 14, (14,16)sts.”
Notice that it is different from the first passage as there are no brackets e.g. (alternate 2nd and 4th row). Instead, it’s every other row, and then a comma instead of brackets “every 4th row 5 times”.
My question is, does this mean this is done at the same time- eg. that 4th row gets a 4st decrease? Very strange.
Thanks so much for your help and this great site.