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Hurry Up Spring Armwarmers

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Yarn: Noro Kureyon #124
Pattern:  Hurry Up Spring Armwarmers – Stitch n Bitch Nation
Yardage: 100M
Needles:  4.5mm dpn
 

Well, my Hurry Up Spring Armwarmers are finally finished. Knitting the left one was a totally different experience to knitting the right one. No mistakes on my part and no dodgy yarn on Noro Kureyon‘s part. I am glad they are done – now I just have to wait 6 months before I can wear them. They are still a little scratchy but I am hoping a gentle wool wash will make all the difference.  But they look fantastic and the colours are just beautiful.  I made mine half as long again as the pattern suggests – instead of 50 rows of the leaf and vine cable motif I knitted 75 rows. I had to alter the the pattern a tiny bit to make the leaves and vines match up but apart from that it was very easy to do.

Right Skein

  • Yarn snapped & broke
  • Very thick or very thin
  • Knots & twigs
  • I made mistakes
  • Armwarmer thinner & shorter

Left Skein 

  • Yarn well plied and strong
  • Even thickness throughout
  • No knots or twigs
  • I made no mistakes
  • Armwarmer thicker & longer 

 Edited to incude hopefully helpful hints for Melissa and anybody else:

Hey Melissa! I feel your pain. I found some of the instructions rather confusing, too. I found the >I< the most confusing until I figured out it was just a variation of the one you are having trouble with using 3 stitches instead of 2.

I will try to make this as clear as possible:

  • using the right needle knit through the back loop of both stitches on the left needle at the same time, just as if you were doing a ktbl (knit through back loop) using 2 stitches instead of 1

  • now loop your yarn around the right needle and pull your new loop through the 2 stitches just as if you were doing a k2tog ktbl

  • do not drop the 2 stitches off the left needle because then you will have 1 new stitch where you used to have 2 old stitches – this would be a decrease which you don’t want to do

  • now, do a k2tog using the 2 stitches you just knit into the back of – it can sometimes be a bit tricky and tight

  • you now have 2 new stitches to replace the 2 old ones so slip the old ones off the left needle

  • TA-DA!!

I hope this made it a bit more clear for you. Let me know if it didn’t or if you have any more questions. Good luck.

The following is how I extended to chart pattern to 75 rows.

Reading chart right to left:

 

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51
\ \- | 50
   | \ \- 49

Row 51 is row 1 . Start thumbhole shaping on row 55 (row 5 ). Finish cable pattern on row 75 (row 25).

 

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2006 in FOs, Knitting, Knitting help