Ok, so maybe I'm crazy, who cares. The only way to learn and get better is to challenge myself right? I have already done a scarf, 1 hat in the round (all knit), 1 hat using so circulars with both 1 x 1 and 2 x 2 ribbing in it. I can do some deceases, and some increases and can also cast on using both the long tail and a knit method (don't know the name of it). So, I want to try a sweater. I found one listed as beginner, and the pattern seems easy enough. I just don't understand some of the instructions. So I need some help
Sorry this is so long of a post, but I really want to try this.
Here is the pattern. This part is a piece of cake for me.
Rows 1 & 3 (RS) : K.
Rows 2 & 4: P.
Rows 5 & 6: K.
Rows 7 & 9: K.
Rows 8 & 10: P.
Rows 11-16: K.
Rep Rows 1-16 for Stripe Pat.
With straight ndls, cast on 99 (108, 113) sts. Work in garter st (k every row) for 8 rows. Row 1 (RS) : K 5, place marker, k 89 (98, 103), place marker, k 5. Keep 5 sts at each edge outside markers in garter st for slit edges and cont in Stripe Pat on sts between markers for approx 5", ending on pat Row 16. Slit edge is completed; therefore, remove markers. Cont in Stripe Pat on all sts until 27 (28, 28)" from beg. Bind off all sts.
1 - cast on 99, then garter for 8 rows? Does that mean 9 total? 1 for the cast on, and then 8 more? So when I start with the next instruction that would be row 10? And since that is listed as RS, then every even row for me would be the RS right?
2 - the whole thing with the marker, is that just to help keep 5 stitches at each end for knit only and not using the pattern? or is there something else I need to do around those markers?
Work as for back until 24 (25, 25)" from beg, end WS.
Shape neck: Next row (RS) : Keeping to Stripe Pat, work 44 (48, 50) sts, attach new skein of yarn, work center 11 (12, 13) sts and place on holder, work rem 44 (48, 50) sts. Working both sides at the same time with separate skeins of yarn, at each neck edge bind off 3 sts 2 times, 2 sts 3 (4, 4) times and 1 st 2 times. Work even in Stripe Pat until front meas same as back to shoulders. Bind off rem 30 (32, 34) sts each side.
1 - on the neck, I do 44 stitches with the current yarn (place a marker) and then add a new yarn for 11 stitches, place a marker. Then for the next 44 stitches I continue with that new yarn, or do I add a third one?
2 - work both sides at the same time, what does that mean? Does it mean just switch to the other yarn when I get to it as I work across the row?
3 - When it says at each neck edge to bind off, I do those on the outside of the marker not the inside right (those 11 stitches between the markers).
4 - Do I continue the rest using the 2 (or 3) yarns, or a certain point am I merging back to one?
SLEEVES: - Not a problem, I'm just surprised that the sleeves are not done in the round.
With straight ndls, cast on 39 (39, 41) sts. Beg with Row 1 work in Stripe Pat inc 1 st each end every 5 rows 20 (21, 21) times, then every 4 rows 10 (11, 12) times-99 (103, 107) sts. Cont even in Stripe Pat until sleeve meas 20 (21, 21)" from beg. Bind off.
Sew front and back at shoulders.
Neckband: With RS facing and circular ndl, pick up and k 105 (109, 113) sts around neck edge including sts on holders. P 1 rnd. K 1 rnd. P 1 rnd.
1 - What do they mean by pick up and k 105? How do I pick up?
Dec Rnd: K 1 (3, 5), *k2tog, k 8; rep from *, end last rep k 2 (4, 6)-94 (98, 102) sts. P 1 rnd. K 1 rnd. Bind off as to p. Mark front and back side edges 11 (111/2, 12)" down from shoulder seams for sleeve placement. Sew sleeves between markers; then sew sleeve seams. Sew side seams leaving 5" slit open at lower edge.
Here I am not sure on the seaming and stuff, but I can worry about that when I get to it, plus I can get help from the person who taught me to knit.
The only other odd thing is in the list of materials, it says you need a pair of straight needles and a pair of circular. When do you use the circular?