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NettiePur
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Posted - 01/22/2011 :  6:28:37 PM  Show Profile Send NettiePur a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have tried to convert to what I guess is called standard Continental knitting from the way I was originally taught, which I have discovered is called combination or combined knitting. I have read about the adjustments I should make when decreasing, i.e. the ssk and k2tog. The afghan I plan to make is a "fan lace" pattern with
lots of k2tog and yo. I'm wondering if the "lace" will look nice using combination knitting without "adjustments:". Well, you probably can't tell me! I'll just have to experiment!

socks4all
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Posted - 01/23/2011 :  11:54:36 AM  Show Profile Send socks4all a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It depends.

If the lace is worked on a garter st bachground, knitting back on the wrong side, the direction of decreases you do will not matter much.

If the lace is worked on a stockinette background, purled back on the wrong side, the direction of decreases you do makes a lot of difference.

When I knit I don't think of k2tog or SSK, I think right leaning and left leaning. Until you get the hang of translating you may want to make a copy of the directions and change each k2tog to right leaning and each SSK to left leaning. I find working with charts easier. / is right leaning decrease, \ is a left leaning decrease. This way whether you knit combined, continental, English, or Portuguese, it doesn't matter. The intent is clear.
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NettiePur
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Posted - 01/23/2011 :  3:07:45 PM  Show Profile Send NettiePur a Private Message  Reply with Quote
socks4all,
Thanks. My pattern is on a stockinette background, so I will need to think left-leaning, right-leaning. I have trouble doing ssk; any suggestions for making it easier?
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purlthis
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Posted - 01/23/2011 :  3:17:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit purlthis's Homepage Send purlthis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
www.knittinghelp.com has great videos for assistance!

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