Sunday, January 06, 2008

Tree Jacket Dilema

I know we're currently voting on another project and all but I am a slow knitter and I am still working on the tree jacket and I ran into a problem.

Alright, so here's the deal.

I am on row 23 of the 24 rows that I am supposed to work before I separate the sleeves. Here's the problem.. At the beginning of row 23 I have 248 stitches. After I do my increases and then purl all the way around I will have 255 at row 24.

After I do my increases and then purl around I'll have 262 (at end of row 24).

Problem: I should have 272. Do I rip all the way back to the color for 10 stitches? I don't know how to adapt patterns very well so I can't alter the pattern and expect it to fit. Neither, sound pleasant. So I was wondering if there is a way to add 10 extra stitches without having a huge hole or making it noticeable?

Please help me! I really don't want to rip back!

1 comment:

Jenny said...

Valerie, if you try it on and it fits with 262 stitches, I would not rip. All you need to do is adjust your stitch count to match the lace pattern. I don't have my pattern handy, so I can't tell you exactly how many to adjust, but I had to do the same thing since I was a size in between S and M. Just divide the number of stitches in the lace pattern (which is 8 for the small, as I recall) by the number of body stitches you have (don't count sleeve stitches). If you don't get an even number, you need to increase or decrease enough stitches to get an even number. For example, if you have 146 body stitches, you need to increase 6 stitches or decrease 2 stitches to get to a number evenly divisible by 8. I personally would do the decrease 2 stitches, and it's best to do this in the armpit so it doesn't show. Hope this helps! :)