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Little Bit
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Posted - 07/08/2010 :  7:21:36 PM  Show Profile Send Little Bit a Private Message  Reply with Quote


I am a beginner knitter and am working on an E-Reader cover for my mom and came across the following directions.

Buttonhole Row (RS): Mark center 3 sts. Working in Seed St, work 8 sts, bind off 3 sts, work to marker,
bind off 3 sts, work to last 11 sts, bind off 3 sts, work to end.

Next Row: Work in Seed St, cast on 3 sts over each group of sts bound off on previous row. Work 4 rows
even in Seed St. Knit 2 rows, purl 1 row. Bind off knitwise on WS.

Here are my questions:

1. What does cast on 3 stitches OVER each group fo sttches bound off in previous row mean? Does it mean that I just cast on new stitches when I come to that group of stitches?

2. Can I use the knitted cast on for those extra stitches?

This is a gift for my mom so any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks so much!


Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 07/08/2010 :  8:09:52 PM  Show Profile Send pinecone70 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It does sound sort of misleading. I always take such directions very literally, in their simplest definition. This, I would say, means to cast on just the same number of stitches you previously cast off, leaving the gap for the button hole. The cast off stitches face the cast on with the large hole in the center, right? The new stitches are kind of 'over' the cast off ones, or at least they face each other.

I would try a backwards loop cast on for the three new stitches. I hope this helped!
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Posted - 07/09/2010 :  04:14:55 AM  Show Profile Send socks4all a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Pinecone70 is correct. Another way of saying it might be to "cast on 3 sts to span the gap created by the bind off sts of the previous row". I prefer knitted cast on or cable cast on because they are more sturdy than the backloop.
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Little Bit
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Posted - 07/09/2010 :  5:25:51 PM  Show Profile Send Little Bit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you Pinecone70 and Socks4All!

Your explanations were very helpful and I am ready to complete this project.

Thanks again!
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