Pattern help desperately needed!

I am working on the Trails and Ditches Hoodie pattern from Brown Sheep Co. The instructions have been fairly terrible, but I’ve managed to get most of the sweater done. Right now I’m working on the hood, and I need to increase 1 st on each side of center back marker, which I have done. My question is, since the increased stitches are in the center of the row, and not at the end, how do I add the sts into pat? Would I add it at the beginning and end of the row, or in the middle next to the marker??? It’s a 5/2 rib pattern for the hood. Any help would be great! I want to finish this hoodie before my son is too big! Thanks a million!

Welcome to KH!!

Bumping this up cause I’m not for sure…:thumbsup:

I don’t quite understand. Can you quote the pertinent part of the pattern?

Phew. That a head-banger for sure!

From my experience…if the marker is located between the 2 purl stitches (right?)…then any increased stitches would become knit stitches for a maximum of 5 wide.

Here is a simple diagram: X=knits O=Purls
The two red [COLOR=Red][B]O[/B][FONT=Arial Black][COLOR=Black]I[/COLOR][/FONT][B]O[/B][/COLOR][B]’[/B]s mark where the stitch marker resides on the row. (The [FONT=Arial Black]I[/FONT] mark is the stitch marker)
The black[B] XXXXX[/B]'s are the current knit stitches.
The blue [U][B][COLOR=Blue]XXXXX[/COLOR][/B][/U]‘s are the newly created (increased)knit stitches
The orange [U][B][COLOR=DarkOrange]OO[/COLOR][/B]’[/U]s are the newly created (increased) purl stitches.

[B]XXXXX[U][COLOR=DarkOrange]OO[/COLOR][COLOR=Blue]XXXXX[/COLOR][/U][/B][COLOR=Red][B]O[/B][FONT=Arial Black][COLOR=Black]I[/COLOR][/FONT][B]O[/B][/COLOR][B][U][COLOR=Blue]XXXXX[/COLOR][COLOR=Orange]OO[/COLOR][/U]XXXXX[/B]

You didn’t mention: how many increase rows are there? *I hope there are at least 7…so that we can get to the orange OO’s which need to lay next to the original black X’s to complete the rib sequencing.
(*This would make a difference in creating an accurate diagram.)

My diagram is just an example. But, to the best of your ability…turn the newly created increase stitches into the right sequence of ribbing to make them melt into the field of rib patterning.

Unfortunately, no, the added sts will be knits, not purls. The center back, where the marker is, is on the 3rd knit of 5 for the pattern. This is how the pattern reads:

Shape back of hood (57 sts on circular needle): Inc 1 st each side of marker every 3rd row 3 times, then every 4th row 10 times, working added sts into pat-83 sts

The pattern is (WS) Sl 1, k1, p1, *k2, p5; rep from * to last 5 sts, k2, p1, k1, p1
(RS) Sl1, p1, k1, *p2, k5; rep from * to last 5 sts, p2, k1, p1, k1

This has been such a crazy pattern to read! I’ve spent more time trying to figure out what the pattern is saying than actually knitting the sweater!

When I move on to the next row, how do I incorporate the new sts? I can’t change the first 3 sts since that will change the edge. If I start the next row, which is a WS row, with the first 3 sts per the pattern, and then p1, *k2, p5, it looks like the whole ribbing is thrown off. I was thinking that I could increase the ribbing size at the center back where my increases are. Instead of it being a 5/2 ribbing, I could make it a 7/2 then 9/2, etc until I have added enough sts to go back to the original 5/2 ribbing. I’m not sure that this will look good, but I just can’t figure out anything else. I think at this point in time I am just too confused!

Maintain the pattern of “K5-P2” ribbing from the center marker each way.

and that’s where my problem is. i can’t wrap my brain around the concept of how to maintain the k5/p2 pattern on the very next row after the increases. i think i may have to put this project down for a bit and let me brain rest. :wink:

Just knit the knits and purl the purls on the reverse side which occurs after the inc rows which are worked on the right side.