How do i 'cont in patt' when asked to increase?

Hello! I am trying to make a sweater that begins by ‘establishing a pattern’ over the first 12 rows and then asks me to increase 1 stitch (M1) at the ends of every third row – but to otherwise ‘continue in the pattern’. How can I do that if the number of stitches is increasing? Is there some rule of thumb to follow here? Any advice would be VERY appreciated :slight_smile:

The pattern I’m hoping to knit is from Noro’s ‘world of nature’ volume 27 - it is YS498 - Noro Shirakaba Ladies 3/4 sleeve sweater.

Thanks!!

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You tack the new sts onto the pattern. So at the beg of row inc, the new sts would begin at the end of the pattern repeat, and the end of row inc sts would start a new pattern repeat.

Thank you! I thought that I understood, but turns out I still don’t - because the pattern I’m trying to ‘continue’ has ‘endcaps’ - that is, the row starts and ends in a way that’s slightly different from the ‘pattern’ (which is established over the course of 12 rows).

Here is some of the pattern to show you what I mean:

Row 1: IK2, K2tog, yfrn, P1, K1, P1 [K5, K2tog, yfrn, P1, K1, P1] twice…[/I] – and then the pattern turns to the reverse to the end of the row (51 stitches).
Row 2: not important here
Row 3: [I]K1, K2tog, K1, yfrn, P1, K1, P1 [K4, K2tog, k1, yfrn, P1, K1, P1] twice…[/I]

The rows carry on, with the repeated stuff changing a bit so that there is a kindof swoosh created, but the beginning/end of the rows stays as noted for Row 3 until the 12th row. If it was continuing in the pattern, it would have to shift - but it does not.

On Row 13, which is 51 stitches before I do anything, I’m supposed to K1 M1 at the beginning and at the end, and to then “cont in patt inc 1 st on row 16 and every foll 3rd row until 89 sts working inc sts into patt…” and then the pattern picks up again on row 69.

The first thing I had to figure out with graph paper and my fingers (!) was that I’m actually to increase one stitch at both ends of the 3rd rows if I’m to get up to the right number of stitches (move from 51 to 89) by the next row for which there were instructions (69). Right?

Next, I need to figure out what stitches in the row to continue in the pattern - do I change those ‘endcaps’ so that they actually are as in the pattern? Or do I insert somehow and then go back to the endcaps and if so, do I repeat that change from row 1 to 3?

Well THANK YOU AGAIN in advance for any help you can offer!

PS - This is a pattern put out by the Noro people for their own yarn - Here is a link and I’ll try to put in an image, too.

http://http://www.jimmybeanswool.com/knitting/yarn/Kits/NoroShirakabaLadiesThreeQuarterSleeveSweater.asp

If you look at this part at the beg -
[I]K2, K2tog, yfrn, P1, K1, P1 [/I]and this part which is repeated [I]
[K5, K2tog, yfrn, P1, K1, P1] [/I]you see some common sts.

The repeat part has k5 before k2tog, YO, pkp so at the beginning of the row you change that k2, then to a k3, a k4, and a k5 with the additional sts. Same thing at the end, you’re ending with a YO, ssk, k2, and that k2 would change to k3, then k4, then k5.

Do the same thing for the next RS rows. It sometimes helps if you write it out in a kind of chart form with O for YO, a / for k2tog, a \ for ssk. Write down the original beg and end of the row with a repeat going both directions for reference, then add the sts one by one.

So the original will look like this for the first row -

kk / O p k p (kkkkk / O p k p) … (p k p O \ kkkkk) p k p O \ kk

Then after the first inc -

kkk / O p k p (kkkkk / O p k p) … (p k p O \ kkkkk) p k p O \ kkk

and so on.

Oh, don’t read it like a chart I put it in like you would read the text from L to right.

Many thanks - I plotted this out as you suggested - with graph paper to keep the Ks and Ps sorted - and after a few false starts (and, ok, I’ll admit it - it did take several hours - guess I should have paid attention in math class…) I really think that I have it figured out!

Seeing the pattern laid out really made a difference for getting my head 'round what I’m supposed to do. Thanks so much for that advice - I feel ready to carry on!

It’s so wonderful that the art/craft of knitting can be passed along this way to those of us who don’t have anyone physically nearby to help. I really REALLY appreciate that experts like you would take the time to share your knowledge :slight_smile: THANK YOU!!

I’m just glad you could figure out what I was talking about!