Knitting Pattern Sample: Armhole Shaping

Sample of Knitting Pattern Explanations

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Read the Knitting Pattern for a Woman’s Turtleneck Sweater

This is the sixth in a series of articles describing in detail how to read a knitting pattern for a woman’s turtleneck sweater.

Here is the Bernat photo of the project:

Womans Turtleneck Sweater

Womans Turtleneck Sweater

And now, this article continues from the previous article on reading the instructions for the Back of the turtleneck sweater.

Where are we in the knitting pattern?

If you have downloaded the Bernat pattern, and are wondering what this article is going to focus on, here is the roadmap:

The section of the pattern analyzed in this article

The section of the pattern analyzed in this article

And this photo shows how much of the sweater has been worked to this point.

Back of Turtleneck is 12 inches long

Back of Turtleneck is 12 inches long

The instructions from the knitting pattern

OK, here are the instructions from the knitting pattern in a size that you can actually read!

Knitting Instructions for Beginning of Armhole Shaping

Knitting Instructions for Beginning of Armhole Shaping

Shape Armhole: Cast Off….

Remember – “cast off” is also called “bind off”.

Shape armholes:
Cast off 3 (4-6-7-9-11) sts beg of next 2 rows.
72 (82-86-96-108-124) sts.

Here’s where the project starts to get interesting – the armhole shaping is starting.

What is it saying at a high level?

The first step is to figure out what the pattern is saying without looking at all those numbers.

Shape armholes:
Cast off some sts beg of next 2 rows.
Some sts.

The answer: cast off (or bind off) some number of stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows. After doing that, there will be some number of stitches on the needle.

Symmetry is good! Most people require armhole shaping on each side of a sweater.

Although you might have noticed that this means that one underarm is going to end up being one row taller than the other. Oops – there goes the symmetry! But if you decided to cast off those stitches at the beginning and end of the first row, you would find that your yarn is some distance away from where it is supposed to be for the next row. So in the end, it will be all right.

The last part of this segment of the instructions tell you how many stitches should be on the needle at the end.

What is it saying at the detail level

Shape armholes:
Cast off 3 (4-6-7-9-11) sts beg of next 2 rows.
72 (82-86-96-108-124) sts.

Now, find the number that corresponds with YOUR size. Remember, I suggested that you highlight all of the places where your size is referenced? It helps when you run into instructions like this!

Sizes XS/S M L XL 2/3XL 4/5XL
You originally cast on this many stitches 78 90 98 110 126 146
Cast off at beg of next 2 rows 3 4 6 7 9 11
You will end with this many stitches 72 82 86 96 108 124

The cast off on the first row

This photo shows the cast off at the beginning of the first row, a knit row. Seven stitches are cast off, because I am making size XL.

Cast off at beginning of first row

Cast off at beginning of first row

The next photo shows the cast off at the beginning of the second row, a purl row. Again, seven stitches are cast off due to size XL. The view is of the wrong side (also called the purl side because of all those bumps).

An important point: since this is a purl row, you should purl the stitches in preparation for the actual cast off, instead of knitting them. Generally, when you do a cast off, you maintain whatever stitch pattern has been developed in the fabric.

Cast off at beginning of second row of armhole shaping

Cast off at beginning of second row of armhole shaping

The last photo shows the right side of the fabric just after the seven stitches have been cast off at the beginning of the second row, the purl row. It’s there just to show you how it looks on the right side.

Other side of cast off on Purl Row

Other side of cast off on Purl Row

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