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Knitting - help!

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Bluecat Fri 03-Jul-20 17:08:04

This is going to be a really stupid question but please bear with me.

I used to knit quite a few things, including a little bolero for two of my granddaughters. Their mum now has another little girl, 3 months old, and she asked me to knit one for her. So I started...

Trouble is, I was extremely ill a couple of years ago and, for some unknown reason, my memory has never been quite the same. The time before my illness seems to have gaps, sometimes for quite simple things.

In this case, I simply can't remember how to decrease 3 stitches at the end of a row. I can cast off 3 at the beginning. I just can't, for the life of me, remember how to do 3 at the end.

I know that I know how to to do it. I have knitted the damn pattern twice already. I know it's something very simple but my mind has gone a complete blank. Please help!

Callistemon Sat 04-Jul-20 18:05:58

It wasn't the underarm decrease then? It may not make a y difference there.

Doodledog Sat 04-Jul-20 19:48:16

I don't know if it's me missing something, but those instructions are not asking you to cast off at the end of a row - it says 'cast off at the beginning of the next 2 rows'.

Callistemon Sat 04-Jul-20 20:28:22

Those are the instructions in both of my patterns, Doodledog.

I'm not sure what the OP's pattern said.

Doodledog Sat 04-Jul-20 22:15:12

Ah, I see grin.

Those are the instructions I would expect to see, to be honest, unless there were stitches in the middle (between the cast off ones) that were going to be used later.

Callistemon Sat 04-Jul-20 22:19:56

The baby could be wearing it by now!!

Flossieturner Sun 05-Jul-20 08:02:22

I hope @Bluecat comes back. I am desperate to know how she got on . Also I would like to see the finished bolero.

Bluecat Sun 05-Jul-20 22:05:47

Sorry I have not been back. When I submitted my query, it said "access denied", so I thought it hadn't been posted!

The instructions are "decrease 3 stitches at the beginning and end of the next row." The only way I could think of getting rid of 3 stitches at the beginning of the row was to cast them off but I couldn't think how to do the other end. It is very frustrating, as I have knitted the damn thing twice before and should know what to do.

I was thinking of casting off 3 at the beginning of the next row, which should give me the same shape both sides. I suspect I must have done that before, but I can't remember.

I will probably be back for advice when I reach the part where I have to switch to circular needles and pick up stitches. I do know I found that hard on the previous occasions and I think I resorted to YouTube in the end.

Thanks very much for your helpful suggestions. They were very encouraging.

Flossieturner Sun 05-Jul-20 22:39:01

That is quite odd . I wonder if it means knit two together three times .

SueDonim Sun 05-Jul-20 22:45:41

That is odd, I’ve never come across it before. I’d also knit two stitches together three times, I think. Good luck, OP! shamrock

Callistemon Sun 05-Jul-20 22:47:20

I may have knit this pattern (twice) and thought 'never again'!
Perhaps I will have to search through my stash of patterns to see what it said.

Witzend Tue 07-Jul-20 09:15:13

So how do you do it - I mean the best way?

I’ve never been faced with this, but having applied my decrepit little grey cells (at some length I might add) I’ve worked out that what I’d do is knit (or purl) to the last 4 stitches.
And then,
1. Knit the first 2 together (1 decrease)
2. Knit that combined stitch and the next together. (2nd decrease)
3. Knit that combined stitch and the last together. (3rd decrease.
Is there a more professional way? I now feel compelled to try it out on a few rows of a bit of stash and see whether it looks a mess!

Callistemon Tue 07-Jul-20 09:35:17

I still think casting off 3 stitches at beginning of the next two rows gives the best, least bulky finish, especially for a garment for a baby.
It gives a level edge and the extra row can easily be lost when inserting the sleeves.

There should be a corresponding decrease on the sleeves so they will match up with the fronts and back.

Bicycle1 Thu 09-Jul-20 09:09:48

Hello everyone , I am left handed and crochet , can do blankets but find it impossible to follow pattern , where am I going wrong 🙈

Callistemon Thu 09-Jul-20 09:41:45

Bicycle I can only do a couple of crochet stitches so far but taught myself from YouTube videos.

I've not attempted a pattern yet, only squares etc so I shall be interested in any replies too.
Attempts over the years ended up in triangular shaped pieces, not squares but there are lots of helpful videos online and there must be some for left handers too.