To start off, I’m new at knitting. I’m sort of doing this all by myself. I come from a family of knitters (my great grandmother knitted, so did my grandmother and my mom), and recently, I’ve wanted to learn how to knit. My grandmother died when I was three, and her work has inspired me to knit. My mom hasn’t knitted in a long time, so what she could teach me, she did. The rest, I’ve learned on my own.
I started late last Saturday, and since learning how to knit, purl, moss/seed stitch (I think I’ve read they’re pretty much the same?), and ribbing, I decided to try a first time project, so I started with leg warmers–well, over the knee leg warmers. I decided I wanted them over my knee/a little higher up my thigh because I really like thigh highs and, well, yeah.
Anyway, I couldn’t find a pattern I really liked on the internet, so I decided to do my own. Here’s what I have until I have to increase:
Cast On 34 stitches
Row 1: k1, *p1, k1 repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2: p1, *k1, p1 repeat from * to end of row.
Repeat until row 13.
Row 13: k2, *p2, k2 repeat from * to end of row.
Row 14: p2, *k2, p2 repeat from * to end of row.
Repeat until row 35, or whole thing measures 5 inches (that’s where I need to increase because my leg measures 9 inches around 5 inches from my ankle)
I’m not sure how to increase this. Every two rows, I need to add two stitches until 50 stitches a little bit under my knee (about 5 inches from my knee), then do it again until I have 54 stitches at my knee, then again until I have 58 or 60 stitches for my thigh and where I want it to end.
Now before I had to redo it, I was at 35 rows and did an m1a and m1t, but the pattern didn’t look the same. I tried to unravel to a certain row, but lost track, so I had to do it over and before I get to that part again, I want to make sure I know how to do this increase.
I want the increase to be in the middle of the leg warmer. So stitch 17 would be in the middle when I first increase. My question is, how would I do this increase and keep the ribbing pattern?
I thought about doing a double yarn over between the seed stitch and ribbing (and do the same for the thigh part when I switch back to the seed stitch to end it), then when I get to the total five inches for the increase, do an m1r and an m1l for the increase. However, I’m not sure how to do the ribbing after that. Would it still be like this, for example:
Row 11: k1, *p1, k1 repeat from * to center, yo, k1, yo, *p1, k1 repeat from * to end of row
Row 12: p1, *k1, p1 repeat from * to end of row
Row 13: k2, *p2, k2 repeat from * to end of row
Row 33: k2, *p2, k2 repeat from * to end of row.
Row 34: p2, *k2, p2 repeat from * to end of row.
Row 35: k2, *p2, k2 repeat from * until center, m1r, m1l, p2, *k2, p2 repeat from * to end of row?
Or would that not work at all?
I don’t really have anyone to help me at all. My mom hasn’t knitted in a long time; in fact, the last time she knitted, she was working on an afghan blanket for my dad and after she had kids, it turned into four scarves because she didn’t have time to knit (so roughly 32 or 33 years ago was the last time she knitted).
Any help would be awesome. Thanks.