Stranded colorwork/two questions

I am starting my first colorwork sweater using a vintage (1940’s) pattern that knits flat rather than circular.

  1. My pattern is a 21 row repeat. The 1st AND 21st rows are knit. This does not make sense to me. On the second repeat would I start with a purl row and do the opposite of the first repeat? Ugh!

  2. any good tutorials for two handed knitting on purl side with floats?

Thanks for any help you can offer.:muah:

Do you have a link for the pattern? Or at least a name? It helps when asking questions. I’m wondering if the two knit rows are one row of garter stitch? Or maybe they mean that the row is knit w/o any stranding?

I don’t have a tutorial handy, but I’ll check.

https://docs.google.com/open?id=1JzFhY6nDb4B5q1Di_QAgamMQ2CLkeI7Cq1hN9Ey6AmTKJuxt8crdpeq3sXcs

I am starting with the sleeve and working on chart #1

Nice sweater! I’m not seeing where it says 1st and 21st rows though…

It is on the 3rd page top right hand corner. Chart #1 It is kind of hard to see, but at the very top of the chart on the right side is the number 21…it is the 21st row and is a knit row. If I were to start the pattern again from row one…the first time around it was a knit row, but know when I turn my work it will be a purl row. Am I making any sense?

I do understand what you’re saying, but I’m not sure of the answer. I will say that if you look at the sweater there are no garter rows so I’d say you’re supposed to purl the back as usual. I’m not sure why your work isn’t coming out right unless you missed a row?

We do have some some members who are very good at charts and fair isle so I’ll let someone who knows what their doing have a look. :thumbsup:

YouTube has some videos that might help with fair isle knit flat.
http://www.youtube.com/results?hl=en&rlz=&q=knitting+fair+isle+flat&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=w1

"1) My pattern is a 21 row repeat. The 1st AND 21st rows are knit. This does not make sense to me. On the second repeat would I start with a purl row and do the opposite of the first repeat? "

When you finish row 21 (a knit row) on the chart, the next row is row 1 (a purl row). You’ll just keep following the chart from row 1-21 and then repeat rows 1-21, etc. So yes, row 1 will be a purl row on the second repeat. Actually, it’ll be easier in practice than you may think. You just won’t be able to correlate odd rows with knit side and even rows with purl side because the st will change with the pattern repeat. I think it would halp if you copy the pattern and mark off rows or use a row marker to count the rows.

Yes, very good looking sweater. Good luck with it and enjoy making it.

Rows 1 and 21 are knit, but row 22 would be a purl (and a repeat of row 1) Once you get the pattern going, it will be easy to see what should come next.

Thanks everyone…row 22 (row 1 of pattern) will be a purl. I just did not want to start it if I was going to be all screwed up. I have knit the whole pattern twice and taken it out. Hopefully the third time is a charm.:knitting: