August 13, 2013

Pattern Support

FAQ and Corrections / Errata

Looking for help with a pattern?
Start on the Pattern page to find links to that pattern’s homepage on Ravelry, where you will be able to check out the versions that other Ravelry users have created, along with their project notes.

Visit the Christa Knits group on Ravelry, where each pattern will have its own discussion thread. Not a Ravelry user yet? Send me an email with your questions, and then go join Ravelry too – it is an amazing resource for knitters!

My patterns go through test-knitters prior to publication, but occasionally small mistakes still get through! Any errors found will be listed at the bottom of the individual pattern’s page, along with corrections, and the date that the pattern was updated. If you have an older version of the pattern, I am happy to email you the PDF of the most recent version.

If you have found an error that you don’t see listed, please let me know so I can check my work and then update the pattern and add the correction for others to see!

Selecting the Right Yarn

All patterns have a general guide to choosing appropriate yarn, with a suggested weight and fibre content given, but I encourage experimentation! CYCA’s guide to yarn weights can be found here.

Yarndex is a great tool for comparing yarns – maybe you know that someone has used a certain number of balls of Yarn A to make a pattern, but you don’t know the yardage or fibre content to choose a similar yarn. Yarndex has most modern yarn companies covered – see weight, yardage, recommended needles, fibre content and more!

Ravelry is another wonderful resource where you can see the yarn choices of other users, and read their comments on how that particular yarn affected the outcome of the project. Each pattern page includes a link to its Ravelry page – please consider becoming a Ravelry user and adding your project to these pages so we can enjoy seeing each other’s work!

Making Changes to the Sizing

All patterns suggest yarn amounts for the size given. If you are making a larger size, remember that you will need more yarn to complete your project!

Sarah E White at writes about resizing hat patterns here.

Elann has an excellent tutorial on modifying sweater patterns.

Ravelry is full of discussion threads about resizing. Search the forums, or visit the projects page of the pattern you wish to resize to see if other knitters have already been through the process!

(these are the ones that I commonly use. For the CYCA’s list of standard abbreviations, go here.)

(one more note: my patterns and the explanations below are written for ‘average’ knitters. If you knit in an unusual way, left to right or as a combination knitter, you may need to adapt certain instructions to your method for the pattern to turn out as designed! Ravelry has groups that can help – search the forums and groups pages to find other knitters like you! Wikipedia also has a useful page for combination knitters here and the Leftout Knitter can be found here.)

K = Knit
P = Purl
CO = Cast On
BO = Bind Off (also known as Cast Off)
M = Metre(s)
Y = yard(s)
cm = centimetre(s)
” = inch(es)

SSK – slip one stitch as if to knit, slip another stitch as if to knit, put the left needle from left to right through the front of these two stitches on the right needle, and knit them together.

K2Tog – put the right needle through the next two stitches on the left needle from left to right and knit them together.

DPNs – double pointed needles

KFB – knit into the front and then the back of the next stitch on the left needle

PM – place a marker on the right needle

SM – Slip marker from the left needle to the right needle

S2KPSO – slip 2 stitches together as if to knit, knit the next stitch on the left needle, pass the slipped stitches over

CYCA – craft yarn council of America

Common terms

“Yarn held double” – knit with two strands of yarn as if they are just one strand

“Join, taking care not to twist” – make sure that all stitches are facing the same way (I like stitch loops to the outside of the circle) before starting to knit in the round, to avoid having a twist permanently knit into your tube

“As if to knit”– the right needle enters the next stitch on the left needle from left to right, knitwise

“As if to purl” – the right needle enters the next stitch on the lft needle from right to left, purlwise