Pattern writing question

I am writing pattern for stretchy tank top. The stitch pattern is four rows: one is all yo, k, the even rows are all purl back, third row is all skp.

My question is describing the shaping rows (hips, armhole, shoulder, neck shaping). Depending on which row you are on while knitting in pattern you have half/double the number of stitches. How would I describe decrease? Both options with an explanation?


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

You seem to have answered your own question, Steve. I think you would want to explain how the decreasing would work for each of the knit side rows. However, my skills aren't up to much more than a guess...I usually have to attempt something, rip it out, try it again and then make lots of notes on what I did to make that part of the pattern work. Lots of luck.

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steve kadel's picture

I have made a test model and it looks right but having trouble knowing how to describe it.

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Crafty Andy's picture

I say you can divide it in sections, like a sock, or give a generalized explanation. Telling people what they are working on will give them an opportunity to make it biger or smaller in a certain area.

HuskerChub's picture

I personally never do decreases on the edge stitches. In a pattern such as this I think that it would be especially advised. At the beg of right side row work 4 sts in pattern, dec, work to 6 sts from end, dec, work 4 sts in patt. Actually, in re-reading your stitch patt, I would do all decs on the WRONG SIDE rows, i.e. the Purl row. Just my $0.02.

twistknit's picture

I agree with Husker!

raydio's picture

I commend your wanting to describe how to decrease on all four pattern rows. In the old days (and now AFAIK) directions just say "Decrease in pattern" or "Keeping in pattern, decrease..." and let it go at that. Experienced knitters can get by, but the less-knowledgeable would be calling for help.

Some people never get to the point where they can "keep in pattern" on their own and will cite for for not spoon-feeding them. It's a burden professional designers do not take on, but if they know your email addy, they'll surely ask *you* for knitting tips .