Help with Debbie Bliss Pure Silk Shrug pattern.. please!

Hello all,

I’ve treated myself to some Pure Silk yarn to make this shrug:

The first 8 rows seem to have gone according to plan and I can see the pattern forming (or at least I think so!.. see pic) but I’m confused over what to do next. :thinking:

The pattern instructs you to change to a 4mm (US 6) circular needle, then:
Shape sides:
Increase and work into pattern one stitch at each end of the next row and 25 following alternate rows, working first and last 6 sts in panel B, the next 2 sts at each side in reverse st st, the next 16 sts at each side in panel A and the final 2 sts at each side in reverse st st. 176 sts. Work 1 row so ending with a wrong side row.”

It’s not really clear to me how the increasing number of stitches works into the pattern that’s been forming from the two panels and I’m not experienced enough to work it out!

I wondered if anyone out there had knitted this pattern and could provide some more detailed instructions, or even just a picture so I can see what this section should look like, please?!

I’d be very grateful for any advice, thanks! Katie XX

I haven’t done this shrug, but I have increased in pattern, so hopefully I can try to explain it.

It looks like the first and last two stitches of your pattern are in rev st st which will for the outside edges.

Then, between these stitches and the ones you’ve worked, you expand your pattern.

Lets say your pattern had 6 stitches across and you needed to expand.

Your first row would have sts 123456

When you expand, your next row would have 6 123456 1
Then 56 123456 12
456 123456 123


You can write out two more repeats of the pattern, or if you’re using a chart, make two copies–one for each side–and use post-it notes to expand outward from the center.

One thing you have to remember, though, is not to do a yo unless you have a corresponding dec or you’ll not have the right number of stitches. Usually a pattern will have you work st st until you have enough stitches to work a yo/dec section.

Thank you! That makes perfect sense :smiley:

The shrug has been progressing slowly but surely over the weekend, maybe I’ll post a picture when I’m done!

Thanks for this fab forum :XX:

im doing the same shrug and i dont understand that part either but im also not understanding wat the person is saying that replied to u… is there anyway you could symplify to me exactly wat u did in this particualr patterns or post a picture of wat that part looks like?

Help - I, too, don’t understand the help so thoughtfully supplied to Toast King by Ingrid.

Can someone break it down a bit more? Have never done this type of increase/work into pattern before, let alone panels!

Thank you!

it is difficult and easy:

if your increase is on the right side of your work (seen from the front / nice side of it) then you stretch “into the next pattern block”.

I mean: let’s stay with the 6 stitch repeat that Ingrid talked about.

You knit your pattern of repeats of 6.
Since you knit from the bottom up, please read the next few lines bottom up, you will see:

I use my knitting chart or instruction for knitting left to right:

654321 is the “name of my stitches”

now my rows look like this, when starting my increase in row 1 (row 0 is just showing what was there before:

row 12: 654321 [COLOR=“red”]654321[/COLOR]
row 11: 654321 [COLOR=“red”]654321[/COLOR]
row 10: 654321 [COLOR=“red”]65432[/COLOR]
row 9: 654321 [COLOR=“red”]65432[/COLOR]
row 8: 654321 [COLOR=“red”]6543[/COLOR]
row 7: 654321 [COLOR=“red”]6543[/COLOR]
row 6: 654321 [COLOR=“red”]654[/COLOR]
row 5: 654321 [COLOR=“red”]654[/COLOR]
row 4: 654321 [COLOR=“red”]65[/COLOR]
row 3: 654321 [COLOR=“red”]65[/COLOR]
row 2: 654321 [COLOR=“red”]6[/COLOR]
row 1: 654321[COLOR=“Red”] 6[/COLOR]
row 0: 654321

so, you can already see the increase.

Now let’s say that your pattern would go like this (read in knitting direction from left to right):

k1 skp yo yo k2tog k1

then after one increase you would work:

k1 skp yo yo k2tog k1 [COLOR=“red”]k1[/COLOR]

after 2 increases you would work

k1 skp yo yo k2tog k1 [COLOR=“red”]k1 [B]k1[/B][/COLOR]

here comes the exception: if your pattern (and it looks like that) uses increases and decreases, you can not always follow the chart totally. That is because every increase needs a decrease and vice versa. Only then the stitch count will stay what it needs to be.

So if you come to a spot, where the first stitch would be changing the stitch count (because the matching other is missing), then just “fit it in”, meaning, make a knit or purl stitch, depending on the look of your piece, to make it “disappear”.

k1 skp yo yo k2tog k1 [COLOR=“red”]k1 skp yo[/COLOR]

k1 skp yo yo k2tog k1 [COLOR=“red”]k1 skp yo [B]k1[/B][/COLOR]

(knit 1 because of the same thing as above)

sorry, I do not have YOUR pattern, so I can not give that instruction. But the one above is one, I am working right now. Therefore I can tell about that (well, mine is a good bit more complicated, but that is not what this is about).

some people do not like to do a yo at the beginning or end of a row (because it is harder to work for some and because of the edging) if you decide not to do yo at the edge, then contine to add k1 until you can make a part of the pattern happen that is fully “on the fabric” without different stitch count or “corner yo”.

does this make it a little more clear? I hope so.

For increases on the other side (the left side of the fabric) you work your way into the next pattern block by doing [COLOR=“red”]1[/COLOR] 654321, [COLOR=“red”]21 [/COLOR]654321 and so on. The same rules apply.

Don’t worry. I would consider this one of the hardest things in knitting patterns. So, you master this, you do it all!

Thank you hyperactive- I will study your answer and the Bliss pattern and if I’m still lost, I’ll post again!