new knitter trying to figure out pattern

celizbernJune 21, 2007

I am trying to knit a baby sweater for my son who is due in October. I am mostly a scarf knitter and have just decided to try my hand at something is my problem the pattern reads

After the work measures 12.5 cm..Shape Sleeves: Cast on 34 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows.

Does this mean to cast on stitches from another skein of yarn?? the picture of the project shows it all in one piece. It is from the book Simple Knits for Cherished Babies by Erika Knight. PLease help if you can!!

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I think you can do the cast on that involves knitting the first stitch onto the right hand needle, but you don't take the old stitch off the left hand needle. Just keep doing this till you have an additional 34 stitches on the right hand needle. I have never done a pattern with these directions. Does the pattern book give directions in the front or back of the book explaining how to do this?

    Bookmark   June 21, 2007 at 9:28PM
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Hmmmm, usually I see more of cast on stitches at the end of a row. Here's a website with drawings to walk you through that. I don't see why you can't use the same technique at the beginning of a row.

Here is a link that might be useful: cast on

    Bookmark   June 21, 2007 at 10:15PM
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I have done cast ons that way too, Donna. In the old days, when I was teaching myself what my mom had not, I just fiddled with it till I finally came up with your suggested method. (All the other efforts came undone. Simple--this method stayed put.) I have just never cast on 34 using this method.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2007 at 9:43PM
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I would use a cable cast-on method.

Knitting help has a good video. I linked to it.

~ Kit

Here is a link that might be useful: Basic Techniques

    Bookmark   June 23, 2007 at 2:30PM
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