So I’m new to knitting and I am working on a dog sweater. This is the first clothing item I have ever knit and I am struggling with the pattern. I managed ok until I reached the leg openings and I’m not really clear on what I am supposed to be doing and I would really appreciate some help and clarification.
Here are the instructions:
Cast on 47 sts.
Knit 6 rows (garter st), inc 4 sts evenly across last row. (51 sts)
1st row: (WS). Knit.
2nd row: *K1. P1. Rep from * to last st. K1.
*Last 2 rows form pat.
Work 1 more row in pat.
Continue in pat, inc 1 st at each end of needle on next and every row to 61sts, then on every following alt row to 69 sts, taking inc sts into pat.
Work 1 row even in pat.
I have reached this point without any problems, but I am confused about the next part.
Leg Openings This is the part I am confused about.
Next row: (RS). Pat across 5 sts. Cast off 6sts. Pat across 47sts (including st on needle after cast off). Cast off 6 sts. Pat to end of row. What pattern?
presumably it would be the pattern mentioned in rows 1 and 2 Evie
Note: All Leg sections are worked at the same time using separate balls of yarn for each section. What does this mean? I don’t understand how I am working with 2 balls of yarn.
The two legs will be worked apart from each other so they are not joined, therefore you will need 2 balls of yarn. From my understanding you would work one leg and then when you reach the next you would switch to the second ball of yarn
Work 1 1/2" [4 cm] in pat, ending with WS row. In what pattern? - The 2-row pattern before the leg opening? If so how does that work with the holes?
Just continue the pattern in rows 1 and 2, as if the holes weren’t there. When you reach the second leg hole switch yarns and carry on in the pattern
Joining row: (RS). Pat across 5 sts. Cast on 6 sts. Pat across 47 sts. Cast on 6 sts. Pat to end of row. (69 sts)
Continue even in pat until work after neckband measures 6 1/2" [16.5 cm],
ending with WS row.
Place marker at each end of last row.
Cast off 7-9-13 sts beg next 2 rows. (55 sts) ??
Next row: (RS). ssk. Pat to last 2 sts. K2tog. ??
Next row: Knit.
Rep last 2 rows to 37 sts.
Continue even in pat until work after neckband measures 12 1/2 [32 cm], ending with WS row.
Leave sts on a spare needle.
Back Edging This part is also really confusing to me.
(RS). With RS of work facing and circular needle, pick up and knit 37 sts along body from marker to back. K37 from spare needle dec 1 st at center. Pick up and knit 37 sts along opposite side of body to marker. (110 sts)
Do not join in rnd. Knit 8 rows (garter st). Cast off.
Sew neck and belly seam.
(RS). RS of working and doublepointed needles, pick up and knit 29 sts around leg opening. Divide sts on 3 needles. Join in rnd, placing a marker on first st. Cast off.
Next rnd: Knit.
Next rnd: Purl.
Rep last 2 rnds 3 times more.
I would really appreciate any help you could give me.
Also - here is a picture of the sweater