How to Work Increase Sitches into Pattern


#1

Hi all,

I am currently working on a Rowan pattern and am having some issues with deciphering how to work the sleeve increases into the pattern.

The base pattern is 4 rows as follows:
Row 1: Purl.
Row 2: P1, *(K1,P1,K1) all into next st, P3tog, repeat from * to last st, P1.
Row 3: Purl.
Row 4: P1, *P3tog, (K1, P1, K1) all into next st, repeat from * to last st, P1.

It is now asking me to continue in the pattern, and to shape the sides of the sleeve by inc 1 at each end of 3rd and every following 6th row to 94 sts.
I will therefore be increasing on Row 3, then Row 1, then 3 again, then 1, 3 etc. but how do I then work rows 2 and 4. For the first few rounds at least I know to just increase the number of purl stitches at the start, but when do I go back to purling 1 at the start again? Given I have started with 58 stitches, would it be when I reach 68? I not sure I want to end up with a strip of the pattern and then a strip of purled stitches.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!


#2

The pattern stitch repeat takes 4sts. You shouldn’t work the repeat until you have enough sts fro a full repeat. So when you have 4 sts increased you’ll be able to P1, work an additional repeat and continue with the repeat across the row ending with P1.


#3

That makes sense, thanks very much!


#4

Just to clarify, does that mean 4 sts increased at both ends or 2sts at each end?


#5

Four sts on each end not including the P1 at the beg and end of row. Once you’ve increased 4 sts on each end you’ll have enough for a full repeat [P3tog, (K1, P1, K1) all into next st] on each end.
Sorry for the confusion. Enjoy your knitting!


#6

Brilliant, many thanks!