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crossettman Posted - 05/02/2011 : 3:39:03 PM
I am adapting a hand knit pattern to the machine. It is an very easy vest pattern. It has a 6 row garter stich border at the bottom and a 4 garter stitch border up the fronts and around the neck. I am doing the garter stitches on the ribber instead of re-forming them by hand. Everything was going well until I came to the instruction to decrease 1 stitch each side of the back - doing the decrease before the 4 garter stitches at the edges. The decreases need to lean into the garter stitches. The only way I could figure out how to do this was move the 6th stitch over to the 5th stitch and then moving all other stitches (about 80 of them) over to fill in the empty needle. Then when I made the decrease on the other side I had to move all the stitches that way to fill in the empty needle. I have to do this 5 times. That's a lot of stitch moving. One decrease needs to lean right the other one to the left.
Is there anyway to make these decreases without moving the entire bed of stitches 2 times?
1   L A T E S T    R E P L I E S    (Newest First) Posted - 05/08/2011 : 5:06:30 PM
If I understood you correctly, you are moving the 4 garter-stitch stitches from the main bed to the ribber on the even-numbered rows and moving them back to the main bed for the odd-numbered rows. If that is correct, then the easy way to decrease inside the borders is to move the first stitch on the main bed over one stitch. The borders will not be affected, and you will just move them over to take up the space the next time you change beds with the border stitches.

I just finished a vest with a 5-stitch seed-stitch border (on the Silver Reed SK-155) that involved increasing stitches for a number of rows and then decreasing stitches for a number of rows (to form a lapped-front opening). I re-formed the stitches by hand, but otherwise the process is similar. I found that if I just moved the one stitch over (and moved the border stitches over as I reformed them), the increase or decrease more or less disappeared into the border stitches. One could not tell by looking whether they "lean" or not.

However, if you *can* tell, remember that you can move the stitches in both directions. That is, if you move Stitch 6 to Needle 5, You can then move both stitches back to Needle 6.

Also, remember that often hand-knitting patterns assume that you are working stitch by stitch, whereas on the machine, you are making the decreases row by row, and not stitch by stitch. You will be doing decreases on both sides at the same time.

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