Monday, June 27, 2005

I brain-farted

So gentle readers, I'm plugging away slowly but surely on my Phildar Stripey, and I've finally reached the shoulder/neck shaping instructions:

Keeping pattern correct, cast off at beg of next and every foll alt row 7 sts 4 times and 0 sts 0 times AT THE SAME TIME cast off at beg of foll every alt row 12 sts once and 11 sts once.

Okay, so the blue part of the instructions I get, but what the hell is the red part trying to tell me? My brain just about farted right there and decided that it would not decipher any French-glish. WTF? Oh for those who possess higher intelligence, please help a girl out. I've already knitted 185 rows at 127 sts/row..which comes out to 23495 sts total.. but who's counting?
And for helping me decipher the above French-glish, I hereby present to you, OSW #3 in GGH Samoa in delicious light red. Yes, light red, not pink..says the closet pink-lover.



Blogger Tara said...

well, excuse me, cause I just brain farted too! Winnnie, I have NO CLUE what that is saying....seems like they're talking about the same rows (?)

If no one else can help, I suggest contacting the fab Miss Becky at fluffa! cause she has just a little experience with Phildar patterns. :)~

5:15 AM  
Blogger marirob said...

Yep, major brain fart here too.
My advice would be first to contact Miss Becky. Then I would go to the french pattern and try to decipher it there. I translated one once, and with the nice schematics they give it wasn't too bad. Which pattern is it? If I have it, I'll give a shot at the translation. My gut instinct is that they forgot the cast off directions for the middle of the neck shaping. So maybe the direction before is "Cast off the middle 30 stitches and work each side separately" or something like that. Then the 12 and 11 stitches would be at the neck side and the 7 stiches at the shoulder side, or vice versa. Good luck!

6:36 AM  
Blogger babblingB said...

It sounds to me like they are talking about shapping on both sides. If you cast off 7 stitches at the begining of one row, work acriss. Turn the work. This is the "following alternate row" Cast off 12 at the beg of this row and work across. Turn cast off 7 st work across. turn cast of 11. then just continue the shapping on the one side.

I knit a lot of Italian patterns and have the same problems with wonky translations.

7:04 AM  
Blogger sturdygirl said...

Weird. It seems like maybe there's a typo, but I've never done a Phildar pattern. They are cool, though - good luck! And thanks so much for the congratulations! I am very excited. Cheers -

7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I second babblingb's instructions.

7:46 AM  
Anonymous kaitlyn said...

i'm not even going to try on that pattern nightmare! I am sure it would just lead to more confusion. I am loving your OSW though :) I am almost finished with mine!

7:59 AM  
Anonymous andrea said...

double ack ~ i'm soooo behind! sorry!! my sisters leave tonight ;( but at least that means my knitting time will return and i will try all this week to catch up a bit! i agree with you - mind fart totally. the suggestions you've gotten sound good to me, though it all makes me go a little cross-eyed ;)

3:25 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

Holy crap, what is up with knitting pattern translators? The Rebecca pattern I just finished had equally strange translation difficulties.

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Tina said...

There's nothing like foreign patterns. Schoeller Stahl and Adriafil have equally confusing parts too. Those Phildar patterns are beautiful though! I love the colors you chose for that top.

2:25 PM  

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