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Dec 4, 2012 09:53:22   #
Bonnniemay
 
I downloaded a pattern from Patons ( shortie cardigan) and I would love to make this for my daughter for Christmas but I have this problem. There are 3 panels to work from Panel A has 20 rows, Panel B has 6 rows and Panel C has 12 rows. How can this work if the rows are not equal. Is there anybody out there who can understand this. Thanks for any help.
 
Dec 4, 2012 09:59:03   #
fergablu2
 
Bonnniemay wrote:
I downloaded a pattern from Patons ( shortie cardigan) and I would love to make this for my daughter for Christmas but I have this problem. There are 3 panels to work from Panel A has 20 rows, Panel B has 6 rows and Panel C has 12 rows. How can this work if the rows are not equal. Is there anybody out there who can understand this. Thanks for any help.


You just have to keep track of the repeats for each panel by writing it down on a piece of paper. I've done cable sweaters like that. When you're on row 7 of panel A, you'll be repeating row 1 of panel B, and when you get to row 13 of panel A, you'll be repeating row 1 of panel C and completing row 6 of panel B again. And so on.
Dec 4, 2012 10:16:23   #
Loraia
 
Make yourself a cheat sheet. You will be grateful at row 57 when you don't have to figure it out. My typical cheat sheet would look something like:
Row 1: A1, B1, C1
Row 2: A2, B2, C2
Row 3: A3, B3, C3
...
Row 7: A7, B1, C7
A quick glance and you know which part of each pattern to follow.
Dec 4, 2012 10:42:25   #
Bonnniemay
 
Thank you for that info. I'm going to do that. Do I have to knit the 2 rows to to put the panel pat in position. When I knitted these 2 rows only half of the pattern worked out . My husband wants me to warn him when I start throwing this across the room. I'm getting frustrated
Dec 4, 2012 11:51:32   #
Loraia
 
When you start the back do the ribbing and increases. When you switch to the larger needles you will start the panels.

Row 1: Seed st over 8(12,16), .... A1, p1, B1, p2, B1, p1, C1, A1, C1, p1, B1, p2, B1, p1, A1, seed st over 8 (12,16)
Row 2: Seed st over 6 (10,14) k2, A2, k1, B2, k2, B2, p1, C2, A2, C2, k1, B2, p2, B2, p1, A2, k2, seed st over 6 (10,14)
If you line in up with the seed sts on odds and the seeds plus K2 on the evens, you will see it should line up. I image the problem was with the difference in the seed st.
Dec 4, 2012 13:00:16   #
Bonnniemay
 
Thanks Fergablu2 and thanks to Loraia. Your info really help me alot. If I get stuck again I'll be calling on you
 
Dec 5, 2012 07:30:07   #
njbk55
 
definitely a cheat sheet. I did an aran afghan five years ago. only way I could keep track was a cheat sheet. working on another afghan now that I have to use a cheat sheet to keep track of patterns.
Dec 5, 2012 08:34:21   #
past
 
Bonnniemay wrote:
I downloaded a pattern from Patons ( shortie cardigan) and I would love to make this for my daughter for Christmas but I have this problem. There are 3 panels to work from Panel A has 20 rows, Panel B has 6 rows and Panel C has 12 rows. How can this work if the rows are not equal. Is there anybody out there who can understand this. Thanks for any help.


I had bookmarked this pattern so I went to look at the pattern.
Once you complete the 1st 4 rows and switch to the larger needles you start working with the pattern panels. Rows 1 and 2 set the pattern using all 3 pattern panels. I would make sure to put stitch markers at the beginning and end of each pattern section.
The pattern then reads to continue in the pattern until your work measures 18, 19, or 20 inches from the beginning ending with the right side facing you. This means that you will continue with the next row of each pattern panel. Since each panel section has different number of rows for each that means that when you get to row 7 you will continue working panel sections A and C, but start over with row 1 of panel section B. Every time you complete the number of rows for that panel section the next row you then start repeating from row 1.
When you have gotten to row 13 you will be starting the 2nd repeat of rows for panel section B, start the 1st repeat of rows for panel section C, and continue on to row 14 of panel section A.
I would keep a paper and pencil handy so you can keep track of which row on which pattern panel you are on so you get the row repeats in the correct place.
Dec 5, 2012 13:50:30   #
Carol J.
 
I chart it. With lined composition paper I wouldm make three vertical lines down a sheet. On top of each column I write Panel 1, next panel 2 and next panel 3. then down the right side, which would match you knitting on the needles, I write down the number of rows of each panel, since they each have a different amount, I can see which row of each panel needs to be done, doit then cross that row out and go on. Write "I am done with" on another column and put a checkmark there so you know which one done and which one will be done next. Better to see this process on paper than talking about it in words, it will make more sense when you see the numbers.

Carol J.
Dec 5, 2012 14:45:14   #
pashunknit
 
I had this problem with an aran pattern for a sweater for my husband. I knew I'd be insane if I didn't write it out, so I actually used Excel on my computer to make a chart, so I know that if I'm on row 3 of one pattern, I can see that I'm actually on row 13, say, of another. That is, I actually typed out all the stitches (K2, P1, etc.), not just the number of which row I'd be on. Good luck!
Dec 5, 2012 15:24:14   #
Carol J.
 
I have used index cards with the rows for each panel written out and flipped them when the row was done.Some are quite detailed and require clear instructions.
A magnet board or a ruller showing what row you are using helps too. Cover the ones that are done so you only see the one you need.

Carol J.
 
Dec 5, 2012 15:48:24   #
peachy51
 
The Addison cardigan I made for my granddaughters had two of them, but they were on one chart. So the chart looked rather like an "H" at the top because the two side panel charts had more rows than the center. I just made multiple copies of the chart and used a highlighter to highlight each section as I went so I wouldn't lose my place.
Dec 10, 2012 08:55:02   #
mousepotato
 
This is where I learned to love pattern charting software. You can do this yourself without software by using wide graph paper and charting the longest pattern first, then the next longest, then the shortest, repeating the patterns until they all end on the final row together.

This can also be done on 3x5 cards, writing each row's patterns in order, again writing cards of each row across until all patterns come to an end on the same card. You flip each card as you end each row.
 
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