Okay, I’m not sure for the first one (I’m new myself), and this could be really dumb adivce but as your knitting those row’s they should be getting longer (and it says from the beginning so that is what I’m assuming, the beginning of the whole pattern), so you just repeat rows 1 and 2 until it measures 23" and you end on a wrong side row. You might want to wait for better advice then me though! LOL
As for the second it looks like to me that you would repeat your rows 1 and 2 but start your measure from your decreased stitches, not from the beginning of your entire piece until it reaches 13".
The last one means: Row 1 (Right Side of work) purl 1 stitch, knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch * knit 2 stitches (seperate), purl 2 stitches (seperate) Reapeat from* until 5 stitches remain, so no, you do not stitch them together, it means seperate. If the pattern said “k2tog” that would mean “knit 2 together”.
I probably wasn’t much hlep since I’m a very beginner to but I hoped it helped a little. Also if you go the abbreviations on this site: http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/abbreviations_explained it might help a bit with the lingo, I darn near printed the whole thing out when I first found the site, it was such a help.
I’m not necessarily a newbie, but I am pattern-challenged. I’ll give it a go anyway.
I think the first direction is telling you to take your tape measure and measure up the side of the piece - rather than down the middle. Am I right in assuming that this is going to be a triangle shape or something? The only time I’ve seen that wording was in a dishcloth that was knitted on an angle. kwim? Anyway, I’d keep repeating the pattern until one side (actually, it’d be both) measure the length you’re given. Hold one end at the point (I’m assuming there’s a point here) and bring the other end to the first sts on the needle.
The second direction is telling you to measure beginning where you stopped the first section. Put a marker or a safety pin in there so that you know where to measure from.
That is something I NEVER would have thought of, marking the spot like that to be able to measure in the middle of a piece if you had to… Thank you so much for sharing that, seems so simple and I would have total given myself a nervous breakdown thinking I wasn’t measuring from the right spot because that would never have crossed my mind, that is SO good to know for the future, thank you.
The needles that came with the kit are only 24" long. its a little metal needle with a thick fishing line type wire connecting them. I’m at 23" across now & only about 13" from beginning of the blanket to the 23" wide section.
I think I’ll try it one way if it isnt big enough for a new born baby then when I make the original one I’ll do it the other way.
The yarn for the original is difficult to work with, its a soft fuzzy towel type yarn. This is my very first time trying out knitting & it seems like a hard project for my first one. I’m usually doing plastic canvas projects or making hand made teddy bears
Oooooh yeah. Fuzzy or fussy types of yarn aren’t really good for first time knitters. It’s hard to see the stitches. You could go get something really inexpensive and smooth to practice the pattern on. That way you can see and learn what you’re doing easier.
I’m using a raspberry yarn for the MC & white for the CC, its the yarn I would use to make something with plastic canvas. Plus it was too hard to get started with the fuzzy type of yarn. it was always too tight no matter how loose I made it.