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Coats & Clark Pattern translation assistance

I would be grateful for any assistance in translating a pattern from the coats and clark "Knitting made Easy" book 0102. I am a beginner in knitting and have already completed a small portion of the pattern starting with the back of this sweater pullover. I am at the stage where I need to increase the fabric. I understand the abreviations listed but fail to understand the direction or "Logic" behind the abreviations. The pattern instructions are as follows: (increase): Rib 2(4-6-5-7-9), *inc in next st. Rib 3: rep from* to last 3(5-7-6-8-10) sts. inc in next st, rib to end 86(90-94-102-106-110) sts. changing to larger needles after this to commence the pattern. I started with 69 stitches for the ribbing by K1,P1,K1 until I have a 2-1.2" rib measurement. I have assumed (probably incorrectly) that the 69 represented at the front of the following set of numbers 69(73-83-87-91) refers to the size of the garment I am working. which I would logically conclude that my increase should be to 86 stitches as indicated in the following set of numbers 86(90-94-102-106-110) However, it is the remaining portion of this thread where I fail to underrstand. Am I supposed to rib 2 stiches and increase in the next stich 3? repeating that pattern until I get to the last 3 stiches? and then increase the next stich and then rib to the end of my stitches on that needle?


You are correct in discerning that the numbers refer to the different sizes. Many people will go through the entire pattern before they begin a project and highlight the correct number of stitches in each part to make sure they are on target when they get to that area.

If you are making the smallest size, you start with 69 stitches and you need to increase to 86 stitches. That's a total of 17 increases. If you make a little graph of 69 vertical lines, marking the 3rd stitch from the right, and every fourth stitch to the left until you get to the end, you will see that by increasing in stitch #3, working 3 stitches, working an increase in stitch #7, working 3 stitches, working an increase in stitch #11, and so forth across the row, you will have evenly distributed the increases and you will have ended up with 86 stitches.

The instructions for the two ends is a little different from the instructions in the middle of the row and that accounts for the section of repeats marked by the asterisk. In other words, you work until you get to the * then you work the bulk of your increases by following the directions from * to * until the end directions. This is the standard way of writing directions for a series of repeats. In this case the direction for repeats within the asterisks is "increase in the next stitch, rib 3" and that's what gets repeated over and over.

This is wordy and it seems repetitious itself. If you make a simple graph, it will quickly explain everything.

Thank you very much Alex, you can't imagine how much this helps. I will probably be back on future posts as I continue to learn. Many thanks.

Actually you were fortunate to get the formula for the increases. Often the instructions will simply tell you to space a certain number of increases evenly over a particular row.

You can do the math yourself, but there is a calculator at


to make life a little easier.

Works for decreases as well. Good luck with the project - and have fun.