Oh, man. Reverse shapings? PLEASE HELP? PLEASE?

another dilemma on the teddy bear project has arisen…
after you knit the left side of the head and you bind off and all that jazz, the next bit to knit is the right side of its head. the first instruction on that is “Reverse shapings, work to match left side to **.” um, ya. how does that translate? for example, the very first instructions on the left side of the head say:
“Cast on 12 sts. Beg with a k row, work 4 rows St st.
5th row:(RS) Inc in first st, k to end. 13 sts. Purl 1 row.”

If you reverse shapings what does that translate to on these instructions? I’m rather new to using patterns… I’m sort of one of those people who just knits scarves a lot…

Thanks a ton for even reading it!

Ps. If you are feeling very ambitious please answer this other question as well… While knitting the top of the bear’s head (a separate entity unto itself) it says:
“Dec Row: K1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, sl1-k1-psso, k1. 12 sts.
Dec in this way at each end of 2 foll 4th rows and next 2 RS rows. 4 sts.”

I’m okay until I hit the second part of the instruction involving repeating the sequence. I can’t seem to decode it… Any suggestions would be more than welcome.

Thanks for getting me out of several tight spots! :doh:

“Cast on 12 sts. Beg with a k row, work 4 rows St st.
5th row:(RS) Inc in first st, k to end. 13 sts. Purl 1 row.”

One way to do this is to do your increases on the purl side on the first stitch and purl to end, then knit one row.

Or if you’d rather do your shaping on the right side so it looks more like the other half, just reverse which side you place your increases.

In this case you would knit to the last stitch and increase in the last stitch.

Dec Row: K1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, sl1-k1-psso, k1. 12 sts.
Dec in this way at each end of 2 foll 4th rows and next 2 RS rows. 4 sts."

So you do the first decrease row, and then call he next one row 1

Row 1 - work even
Row 2 - "
Row 3 - "
Row 4 - decreases

Repeat the above 4 rows

Then do the decreases on the next two right side rows.

which method would be better for making the opposite side of a teddy bear head? it needs to be symmetrical hardcore… so which would you recommend?

and what do you mean by work even? just knit straight across?

Work even means just to work the row without any increases or decreases.

I would probably work the head where I increase on the knit side, but at the end of the row rather than the beginning. Once you get the first increase done, you’ll be able to keep perfect track of what side is what. You’ll probably be seaming along that line of increases, so don’t worry too much about the increases matching.

Your decreases later are laid out to lean opposite of each other, so if the increases mattered, I think the pattern would say so.

okay, that makes sense.

i’m still a bit confused about the decreasing instructions. okay, so…

So you do the first decrease row, and then call he next one row 1

Row 1 - work even
Row 2 - "
Row 3 - "
Row 4 - decreases

Repeat the above 4 rows

Then do the decreases on the next two right side rows.

so you do the 4 rows after that initial decrease row… and do another 4 rows in the same manner? and then four more rows which include the decreases on the right side rows? how do you get that from those instructions? i should probably learn how to read that for future reference…

Thanks so much! :thumbsup:

They give you the firstdecrease row with the directions. Then it says

Dec in this way at each end of 2 foll 4th rows and next 2 RS rows. 4 sts."

So you do it again at each end of the two following fourth rows and the next 2 right side rows. You’ll have 4 stitches left.

Knitting directions are like another language. You’ll get the hang of it.

ok, so broken down into my teenage lexicon this becomes:
row 1: work even
row 2: work even
row 3: work even
row 4: decrease sequence
row 5: work even
row 6: work even
row 7: work even
row 8: decrease sequence
row 9: work even
row 10: (RS) decrease sequence
row 11: work even
row 12: (RS) decrease sequence
row 13: work even

and end up with 4 stitches. is this right?

Yes, but don’t forget to do the first decrease before the rows you listed.

okay, i already did that decrease. so i’m good to go?

:thumbsup:

you are a lifesaver! :happydance: