Sunshine dreamer (angelofastheny) wrote in knitting,
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SnB N's "Hurry Up Spring Armwarmers"

I practiced basic cabling on my practice yarn and just jumped into the work for these armwarmers, because I'm totally in love with the yarn. 2 attempts and 2 frogged pieces later, I'm more than just a little frustrated.

I spent the better part of the last hour writing out the first 7 rows of the cabling chart. It says to work the cable chart on the 2nd needle (I'm using DPNs) and that's fine. There's supposed to be 11 on the first needle, 10 on the second, and 11 on the third. In the first row of the cabling pattern though, there's a p2tog, decreasing the number of stitches on the needle. This would be okay if the rest of the pattern only worked with 10 stitches, but it doesn't. Should I just use the 1st or 3rd needle and renumber them in my head? I added up what's supposed to be in the next few rows of the pattern and they all call for 11 stitches and I can't figure out where that extra stitch would be coming from. I mean, there's a M1 in the end and all almost all the last stitches are purled, but I can't just drop a stitch out of the pattern. Am I over-thinking this?

To better clarify my issue (forgive me if this is copyright enfringement; it's only 2 lines), here's what I've got written down:

Row 1: P1, P1, P1, P2tog, K1tbl, P1, P1, P1, K1tbl, P1 = 10 stitches

Row 2: P1, K1, P1, P1, P1, K1tbl, P1, P1, P1, K1tbl, P1 = 11 stitches

EDIT: Not to be stupid, but I checked out the new key to the chart and I don't see what looks different about it. And also, you're supposed to read a chart from the top down, right?

Also, just because I've got a hunch that I'm wrong, I can't practice this pattern on straight needles can I? The pattern is only knitted on one of 3 DPNs, but I'm assuming that I'd have to pick up my work and move it on the needles, right?
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