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Jan 24, 2012 17:03:10   #
DeniseDale
 
I am making a top-down cardigan. The instructions are fine for the first 24 rows. Row 25 says "Break yarn, CO 10 on right needle, purl across live sts on left needle, CO 10 on right needle." I am completely lost on how to break yarn and CO sts. And what are "live sts" Thanks for the help
 
Jan 24, 2012 17:15:04   #
nittineedles
 
DeniseDale wrote:
I am making a top-down cardigan. The instructions are fine for the first 24 rows. Row 25 says "Break yarn, CO 10 on right needle, purl across live sts on left needle, CO 10 on right needle." I am completely lost on how to break yarn and CO sts. And what are "live sts" Thanks for the help


Break yarn means to cut the yarn so your knitting is no longer attached to the ball of yarn.

CO 10 on right needle means with the cut end from the ball of yarn, cast on 10 stitches onto the empty needle.

The live stitches are the stitches on the other needle. The ones you worked when you did row 24.

After purling the live stitches cast on another 10 stirches.

All your stitches will end up being on one needle.
Jan 24, 2012 17:21:44   #
MOM_WOW
 
I have to say it: this is a bizarr-o way to have you cast on both sides but hey, whatever works! There must be a reason for it! HAHAHAHAAH
Jan 24, 2012 18:42:41   #
DeniseDale
 
So should I connect the 10 sts I cast on to the stitches on the other needle, then connect the next 10 CO to the rest of the stiches?
Jan 24, 2012 18:45:35   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
DeniseDale wrote:
So should I connect the 10 sts I cast on to the stitches on the other needle, then connect the next 10 CO to the rest of the stiches?
Once you've cut the yarn, you cast on ten, continue knitting across the stitches on the other needle, and cast on another ten after those ... all the stitches (cast-on, old, cast-on) should be on one needle and attached to one ball of yarn.
Jan 24, 2012 18:57:50   #
DeniseDale
 
Ok, I think I have it. Thanks very much to all.
 
Jan 24, 2012 18:58:01   #
Linda6885 (a regular here)
 
It is a bizarre way of adding stitches at both ends. I would not do it like that. I would (not break yarn) use a knitted cast on at the beggining of the row, turn, purl back, and again cast on your 10 stitches at the other end. No need to break your yarn. Now you have your added stitches at both ends of your work.
Jan 25, 2012 08:31:54   #
MOM_WOW
 
Me too. The only advantage to what they have indicated is that you don't work the first cast-on set of stiches if you cast them on the right needle and then work the left. Therefore the two sides would be more even. Maybe one row really makes a difference in the end result, who knows...

But, I'd do anything to avoid breaking the yarn and weaving a tail! HA!
Jan 25, 2012 08:54:26   #
IndigoSpinner
 
Yeah, I agree with not breaking the yarn.

Your options for a cast on method would be a knitted cast on, cable cast on or crochet cast on (like a crochet provisional cast on, but in the same yarn).
Jan 25, 2012 10:14:09   #
CamillaDesertMouse
 
If you do not break the yarn...you will have an uneven side.
Hope that makes sense...this way both sides will be knitted at the same time.
Jan 25, 2012 10:21:31   #
Linda6885 (a regular here)
 
Although this is technically true,the one row will not make a difference in the finished garment, and is most likely the seam of an underarm.



CamillaInTheDesert wrote:
If you do not break the yarn...you will have an uneven side.
Hope that makes sense...this way both sides will be knitted at the same time.
 
Jan 25, 2012 10:35:17   #
CamillaDesertMouse
 
I understand....also depends on the pattern...
I just do not mind weaving in ends...I usually do that as I go ..so no dreaded ends to finish off.

Linda6885 wrote:
Although this is technically true,the one row will not make a difference in the finished garment, and is most likely the seam of an underarm.



CamillaInTheDesert wrote:
If you do not break the yarn...you will have an uneven side.
Hope that makes sense...this way both sides will be knitted at the same time.
Jan 25, 2012 11:25:37   #
Linda6885 (a regular here)
 
Yes, so many new or novice knitters are afraid of or detest breaking the yarn, weaving in ends, and sewing seams. I always tell people, it is 'just yarn'. I don't mind weaving in the ends either, just part of the whole experience of completing a project you are happy with.



CamillaInTheDesert wrote:
I understand....also depends on the pattern...
I just do not mind weaving in ends...I usually do that as I go ..so no dreaded ends to finish off.

Linda6885 wrote:
Although this is technically true,the one row will not make a difference in the finished garment, and is most likely the seam of an underarm.



CamillaInTheDesert wrote:
If you do not break the yarn...you will have an uneven side.
Hope that makes sense...this way both sides will be knitted at the same time.
I understand....also depends on the pattern... br ... (show quote)


:thumbup:
Jan 25, 2012 11:33:23   #
CamillaDesertMouse
 
exactly...just part of the process...no biggie.

Linda6885 wrote:
Yes, so many new or novice knitters are afraid of or detest breaking the yarn, weaving in ends, and sewing seams. I always tell people, it is 'just yarn'. I don't mind weaving in the ends either, just part of the whole experience of completing a project you are happy with.



CamillaInTheDesert wrote:
I understand....also depends on the pattern...
I just do not mind weaving in ends...I usually do that as I go ..so no dreaded ends to finish off.

Linda6885 wrote:
Although this is technically true,the one row will not make a difference in the finished garment, and is most likely the seam of an underarm.



CamillaInTheDesert wrote:
If you do not break the yarn...you will have an uneven side.
Hope that makes sense...this way both sides will be knitted at the same time.
I understand....also depends on the pattern... br ... (show quote)


:thumbup:
Yes, so many new or novice knitters are afraid of ... (show quote)
Jan 25, 2012 12:01:17   #
Wincelot
 
Oh, so glad you said that. I was totally in the dark on that one. I stopped knitting garments in pieces that required sewing the pieces together fifty years ago. There are aged patterns out there. My originals are tan colored pages now but I've copied them for safe keeping. Raglan sweaters and dresses are great and you can try em on as you go. If you save leftover yarn, you can unravel and easily add length. Shortening is easy and save the yarn. If on circular needles, no purling is required. Cardigans work the same way. Sorry for being so long winded. Bye quote=MOM_WOW]I have to say it: this is a bizarr-o way to have you cast on both sides but hey, whatever works! There must be a reason for it! HAHAHAHAAH[/quote]
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