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Here is an example of the
Shaping Tally Sheet in Action, for a blank, printable tally sheet for your use, click here.

The text pattern below (in blue) is translated to row counts and shaping directions in the chart below, in order to make the increases and decreases easier to follow if your knitting is frequently interrupted. (pattern excerpt from Knitware  -designed baby raglan sweater pattern)

1. Cast on 46 sts in WY, using KP2 and open edge method. Knit 6 rows, ending COR. Change to MY. Work even for 10 rows. You may wish to work a turn or picot row halfway. To complete the hem, graft the cast-on sts to the last row worked.

2. Change to KP3, reset row counter to 0. Knit 32 rows. COR.

3. Armhole shaping. Cast off 2 sts at beginning of next 2 rows. COR.

4. Raglan shaping. Dec 1 st at armhole end(s) of every 3rd row 8 times, then dec 1 st at armhole end(s) of every 2nd row. Continue until 60 rows total, with 24 sts remaining. Then shape neckline as follows, continuing raglan shaping AT THE SAME TIME.

5. Shape neck. COR. Thread center 16 sts to WY. 4 sts each side.

6. Right neck. LH needles in HP. Continue armhole shaping. Dec 1 st at neck edge every row once, until 2 sts remain.

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Cady May's Machine Knitting Shaping Tally Sheet {Example}

             Name of garment __________________ Name of Garment Piece_______________

 

Row Count

Action on far left
(+ or -)

Action on center left
(+ or -)

Action on center right
(+ or -)

Action on far right
(+ or -)

Needle numbers on either side of zero

Total needle count (number of needles in work on bed)

 33

 

 

 

 -2

 23, 21

 44

 34

 -2

 

 

 

 21.21

42

 37

 -1

 

 

 -1

20 40

 40

 -1

 

 

 -1

19 38

 43

 -1

 

 

 -1

18 36

 46

 -1

 

 

 -1

17 34

 49

 -1

 

 

 -1

16 32

 52

 -1

 

 

 -1

15 30

 55

 -1

 

 

 -1

14 28

 58

 -1 (8x)

 

 

 -1 (8x)

13 26

 60

 -1

 

 

  -1

12 24

 61

 

  -8 (onto holder)

  -8

 

  4

8

do the following 

  row

one shoulder

  at a time

 

 

 

 62

 

 

  -1

  -1

  2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             
             
             
             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catherine Goodwin 2003, www.knittinganyway.com