The dreaded divide for VEE NECK

OK - so it’s been a while, but I’ve been busy and actually finished the green vest is was talking about when I was last here - it’s wonderful, though the weather’s too warm to wear it here now.

So, I’m now well into my second vest, this is a Vee Neck Cable Vest (no buttons, thank god).

I’ve completed the BACK,

I’ve completed the FRONT, up to the point where the pattern says

(Shape Armholes - which was basically casting off 8 sts at either end (keeping the cable pattern correct)).

and now I come to DIVIDE FOR VEE NECK -

1st row - K2tog, K35, P6 C4F, P3, TURN. Cont on these 49 sts.

And it’s the “Cont on these 49 sts” that puzzles me … so I turn my knitting around and head back to where I came from BUT do I knit the knit sts and purl the purl ones??

Hi David,
Yes continue back on the row with the pattern that you have been doing on the fronts. So if its basically stockinette (knit rows alternating with purl rows) and a cable flanked by purl sts, continue on the back with knit the knits and purl the purls as they face you.

OK - so I just had an epiphany about this … the problem being is the redundant string of text:

Cont on these 49 sts

I just realised that 2nd row IS continuing on these 49 sts because the work has been turned and I’m now heading back to the armhole edge.

SHEESH HOLY MOTHER OF A NASTY FUR BALL I wish patterns were written more simply!!

And just for the sake of clarity here’s the pattern verbatim (obviously I"m leaving out irrelevant sts numbers based on the size garment I’m working on)

DIVIDE FOR VEE NECK -
1st row - K2tog, K35, P6, C4F, P3, turn.
Cont on these 49 sts.
2nd row - K3, P4, K6, purl to last 2 sts, P2tog.
3rd row - K2tog, knit to last 15 sts, K2tog, P6, K4, P3.
4th row - K3, P4, K6, purl to last 2 sts, P2tog.
Last 4 rows for patt for rem, noting dec.
Keeping patt correct, dec one st at armhole edge in every row 3 times, AT SAME TIME dec one st at neck edge (inside 13 sts as before) in next row, then in every foll alt row until 36 sts rem, then in every foll 4th row until 27 sts rem.
Cont in patt withot shaping until armhole measures same as Back to beg of shoulder shaping, working last row on wrong side.

And here’s a picture of the vest I’m knitting … which will help clarify things I think.

not sure why it appeared on its side

Oh, very good-looking! I love the intricate cablework that’s going on up the front and around the V-neck.

It’s still a nice looking vest whichever way you look at it! The split cable is a nice feature.

That’s a great looking vest (and I’m not really a vesty type person). I hope your rendition turns out looking this good (even sideways)!! And I’m sure it will.

Do you think your green vest is worthy of having its picture posted here? We’d love to see it. You don’t have to model it; just snap its picture while it’s quietly sleeping in a stretched out position! :wink:

Hi, David, I’ve missed you. I wondered at the “dreaded” part of your thread title, with those cables I think I understand. You’re braver than I! I’m sure it will work out great, you’ll have an awesome vest.

Here’s a picture of the green vest (oh and by the way, it’s the 22nd here today, so the world didn’t end …)

Looks good!

by the way, it’s the 22nd here today, so the world didn’t end …

Good to know, thanks.

good to see a mod online here, can you please help me with my next question.

If you look at the pattern I’ve typed out earlier in this thread;

I’m now up to the part that says:

Keeping patt correct, dec one st at armhole edge in every row 3 times, AT SAME TIME

OK so based on the fact that the pattern (row 1) starts on the “right side” of the garment, I need to infact start with a K2tog and dec one further stitch? yes, please help? :slight_smile:

David, the vest looks very good. Wonderful work.
For the current project, you’ll start with the k2tog at the armhole edge, then end the next row with the p2tog and begin the following row with a k2tog. That’s the 3x that the pattern is calling for at the armhole edge. Don’t forget the At The Same Time decreases on the neck edge.

Right the RS row begins with a dec at the armhole edge, then you would dec on the WS row at the same edge, then another dec on the next RS row. That’s for the Left shoulder (as you wear it), you also do the neck decreases at the same time. If you’re also doing the Right shoulder you dec at the end of the RS row, the beg of the WS and end of the next RS row at the armhole edge. While doing the neck decreases for that shoulder too.

You’re sure?

Good looking vest, you done good. How 'bout the multi-color stripes…weren’t you doing one?

multi coloured stripes is simmering away in my mind while I think of a nice project that I can knit … the green vest was (fairly) simple, thought the knitted up bands were a bit of a nightmare …

Oh, wow! That vest is really cool looking! Nice fit, perfect stitches, evenly spaced buttons, the whole nine yards!

Thanks for sharing the picture (and I’m so glad to hear that your world–and ours–is still spinning merrily along)!

So back to my question - which has sort of been answered.

The “pattern” (where it says Last 4 rows form the pattern) actually contains decreases and purl 2 togethers: soooooo any further decreases are ON TOP of those already in the pattern, like the extra one at the neck edge.

Gawd I’m dumb! sorry.

You’re not dumb! Just inexperienced, but you’re learning, so cut yourself some slack.

Yeah so, if you do one shoulder at at time, you’re only working on half the sts, and that’s all spelled out here -

1st row - K2tog, K35, P6, C4F, P3, turn.
Cont on these 49 sts.
2nd row - K3, P4, K6, purl to last 2 sts, P2tog.
3rd row - K2tog, knit to last 15 sts, K2tog, P6, K4, P3.
4th row - K3, P4, K6, purl to last 2 sts, P2tog.
Last 4 rows for patt for rem, noting dec.

The k2tog at beg of row 1 and 3 are the armhole edge, the p2tog at the end of row 2 is too.
Then on row 3, there’s a k2tog 15 sts before the end and that’s the V decrease. Looks like R 4 has another dec at the end for the armhole edge. Then keep repeating those 4 rows [I]except[/I] you don’t do the decs at the armhole edge anymore, and the dec at the neck edge will be every other row (5th, 7th…) until you have 36 stitches, then the neck dec will be every 4th row until 27 sts are left.