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What in the world does this mean? - increase knitting question

by Sarah
(United States Philadelphia, PA)

hello, all

I am having trouble with some abbreviations for a pattern for baby leggings.

Inc 1 st at each end of 5th and 5 3: 3: 3: 2 foll 6th [8th: 10th: 10th: 12th rows, then on foll 4th 6th: -: -: - row. 55 53: 51: 53: 51 sts. Work 1 5: 5: 5: 11 rows, ending with RS facing for next row.

I understand: Increase 1 stitch at each end of 5th (row?) But what does it mean by "and 5" ?

https://knitrowan.com/en/free-patterns/oliver

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Increase question
by: Ratchadawan

Hi Sarah,

It's a little bit confusing when working with a pattern that has many sizes. Use a pencil to circle your size is very helpful and keep you on track.

I will give you two examples of 2 sizes of the pattern.

Example 1: Look at the original pattern below and compare to my chosen size.

"Inc 1 st at each end of 5th and 5 [3: 3: 3: 2] foll 6th [8th: 10th: 10th: 12th rows,
then on foll 4th [6th: -: -: -] row. 55 [53: 51: 53: 51] sts.
Work 1 [5: 5: 5: 11] rows, ending with RS facing for next row."

Let's say I'm making the smallest size leggings and this size always indicates by the first number outside each bracket.

My pattern would look like this;

Inc 1 st at each end of 5th and 5 foll 6th rows, then on foll 4th row. 55 sts. Work 1 row, ending with RS facing for next row.

Meaning, increase 1 st at each end of the 5th row once, and the increase again on every 6th row 5 times. Then increase once more on the following 4th row. Total of 55 sts on the needle. Work 1 row, ending with RS facing for next row.

With the smallest size, I ignore all of the numbers in the brackets because they're not referring to my size.


Example 2: My size is the next size up from the smallest size. This indicates by the first number in each bracket. Looking at the original pattern below and compare to the size I picked.

"Inc 1 st at each end of 5th
and 5 [3: 3: 3: 2] foll 6th [8th: 10th: 10th: 12th rows,
then on foll 4th [6th: -: -: -] row. 55 [53: 51: 53: 51] sts.
Work 1 [5: 5: 5: 11] rows, ending with RS facing for next row."

I can rewrite my pattern using my corresponding numbers like this;

"Inc 1 st at each end of 5th and [3] foll [8th]rows,
then on foll [6th] row. [53] sts.
Work [5] rows, ending with RS facing for next row."

This mean to inc 1 st at each end of the 5th row once, and then 3 increases on following 8th row. ( or every 8th row 3 times.) Then on the following 6th row once. 53 sts on the needle. Then work 5 rows straight ending with a right side facing for the next row.

I know this is a lot, but I'm sure you'll get it.
Thanks for the question and visit.
Have a great day!

Ratcha

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