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leg warmers [Dec. 28th, 2006|04:40 pm]
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Hi! This is my first post to NJ-Knits and even though I just moved to FL my knitting roots are in Jersey ^_^ Here is a pair of leg warmers that I made for myself, the pattern, and a question about the pattern.
leg warmers
OK, i'm a beginner, so hopefully someone can help me with a question about ribbing. The pattern calls for casting on 34 stitches and to then knit a 2-stitch rib as follows:
Row 1: K2 *P2, K2 rep from *to end.
Row 2: P2 *K2, P2 rep from *to end.

Someone told me that, if I wanted to adjust the pattern, I would have to be able to divide the cast on number by 8. Is this true? and why? Thank you!

I love the idea of knitting for your friends, like we are in elementary school and making friendship bracelets. I made all my best friends leg warmers for Christmas in colors to match them. Then I made a pair for me that I'm gonna wear out tonight!
leg warmers in knitted
I used two different kinds of yarn, which were specifically asked for in the pattern. 45% nylon/32% wool/13% mohair/10% acrylic:
45% nylon/32% wool/13% mohair/10% acrylic
53% new wool/47�rylique:
53% new wool/47�rylique
one last pair. =/ procrastination:
45% nylon/32% wool/13% mohair/10% acrylic
and me sewing up my first project that's not a scarf^_^
sewing up legwarmers

[User Picture]From: djinnj
2006-12-28 10:05 pm (UTC)
4, not 8. k2p2 ribbing is a 4 stitch pattern repeat (ie, the pattern works in multiples of 4st, in this case k2p2). If you want to make it bigger, add stitches in groups of 4. If you want to make it smaller, remove stitches in groups of 4.

You'll notice that this pattern doesn't divide evenly by 4. You have 4x8+2=34. This causes your ribbing to begin and end on the same type of stitches which gives you 2st of selvedge (1st on either edge) for the seaming. If you were to change this to a circular pattern without a seam, you'd need to reduce the number of stitches cast on by 2 (4x8=32).
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[User Picture]From: hdandseek
2006-12-28 11:53 pm (UTC)
oh, thank you. very informative and comprehensive answer. i really appreciate it!!
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