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How do I increase in Fair Isle Knitting

by Kathy
(Florence, SC, USA)

Top Down Alpaca Cardigan Pattern

Top Down Alpaca Cardigan Pattern

I am working on the Top Down Alpaca Cardigan, a discontinued Bernat Pattern. The charted pattern has a 12-stitch repeat done over 29 rows to create the yoke of the sweater. It is a raglan. My confusion is that the increases in the yoke fall within the pattern and I cannot get the pattern to line up as a result of this. I have spoken with someone at Yarnspirations and she saw the same issue and suggested just making sure that I keep the proper number of stitches of each color in the pattern. It's not working out. As soon as I do the required M1 it throws the pattern off.

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. This is supposed to be a Christmas present.

Thank you!

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Nov 12, 2020
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fair isle pattern increase
by: Ratchadawan

You're welcome. Best to your project!

Ratcha

Nov 11, 2020
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by: Kathy

Thank you so much for doing that! I will try and let you know.

Nov 08, 2020
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increase fairisle
by: Ratchadawan

Hi Kathy,

I'm sorry that you feel discouraged. I've spent today knitting a sample of this sweater to see what causes you trouble.

I can see that row 8 of the pattern produces only 2 sts of white at the beginning of each set. You're not off and not making mistake. Just make sure that you don't get carry away and purl 3 sts instead of 2. Once you get to row 9, you'll increase a red a red stitch which will make the pattern come in to 3 and 1 rhythm again.

Tips:

1. use a marker at each end of the pattern
2. Alway check the first and the last sts of the pattern to make sure you're on the right track.
3. Read chart from right to left on the right side and left to right on the wrong side.
4. follow the pattern and don't worry if some rows behave as row 8


I believe you can do this!
Ratcha

Nov 07, 2020
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Thank you!
by: Kathy

Thank you. I'll try again. I've ripped this out so many times I'm getting discouraged.

Nov 07, 2020
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fairisle pattern
by: Ratchadawan

Hi again,

It's true, there are only 8 rows of increase, but on each row you have 13 repeats for your size. That's 13 sts gain for each increase row and that will be 104 sts when you get to row 29 like you said. It works out perfect!

Nov 05, 2020
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by: Kathy

Hi...the problem is that there are only 8 rows of increase and I have to have a total is 104 additional sts by the time I finish the 29 rows of the pattern which equates to 13 sts for each row. Am I missing something in reading this pattern? Thanks.

Nov 05, 2020
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by: Ratchadawan

Hi Kathy,


It seems to me that the chart pattern has already included the increase areas where they're extended out of the 12 sts from the beginning. All the sizes showing in the pattern has a multiple of 12 sts. It should work out fine If you started out at the bottom row and follow the rest of the chart without making extra increase but only what indicates in the chart. Maybe it would be less confused if you place a marker at each end of each section.

https://www.knitting-warehouse.com/products/bernat-alpaca-top-down-cardigan

Thank you for your question and visit. Happy knitting!
Ratcha

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