Working Increases Your Way

Aloha Happy Knitters!

As you work downward along the body of your Mauna Kea sweater, you are going to be increasing stitches in the side panel. This is the start to the end of the sweater body. There are some things to keep in mind as you knit and for that I have created an audio tutorial of things to consider and ponder as you construct the bottom portion of Mauna Kea.

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Here is the final striping sequence added to the pattern. Be sure you give the audio a listen in order to hear methods to work the stripes if you need to lengthen the body or alter length in any way.

Mauna Kea Pattern Complete

And for some fun inspiration, have a look at these incredible progress shots–and when you’ve finished, be sure to post one or two of your progress! Use our hashtags #MaunaKeaWithMel #SpaceCadetWithMel so we can easily spot your handiwork!

29 thoughts on “Working Increases Your Way

  1. IowaGirlinTexas says:

    Did you get my email asking about whether or not the setup rows are part of the rows listed in the striping sequence? Ie: for size large, is row 1 of the stripes the setup row or is row 1 the row AFTER the setup row. Same with raglan increases… Is row 19 the setup row and therefore row 20 begins the increase rows (which would then be all the even numbered rows) or is row 19 the first increase row and the odd rows are the increase rows? Should I be ending (row 73) on an increase row or a “knit in pattern” row?

    Gorgeous update pix everyone!


    • All the rounds are listed in the striping sequence, so for every round you work you should be able to tick off a line in the chart. So as you start you cast on with the first colour for the chart and knit through the first chart (for all sizes) 18 rounds. Round 19 is your set up round, Round 20 is the increases round of your raglan increases, Round 21 is worked in pattern with no increases made. I have looked throughout my mail and have not seen an email from you. Did you send it to I would have responded to it if I had seen it.
      Hope this gets you on your way!
      And you are right: ALL knitters are doing a gorgeous job! I was just bragging to the Head SpaceCadet about how incredible the feed on Instagram is!


  2. Patti says:

    Couple of questions for you Mel….Is the 19.5″ finished length measurement for the small measured from the top of the neck to the bottom or the base of the neck to the bottom? Also, I’m doing the small for my daughter (who isn’t available for measuring) who is long waisted. I do have her “base of neck to natural waist” measurement. I was thinking of not starting the increases right away and instead, following the medium striping sequence going forward but starting the increases after the first 14 rows (the difference between the S and M rest of body rows). She’s pretty thin and I don’t want the sweater to end up like a swing top on her. Does this make sense and is this what you would recommend?



    • Aloha Patti!
      First, are you getting the same row gauge as the pattern specifies? If so then this answer will work for you:
      The 18 initial rows do not count towards length as they are the mock turtleneck. Final measurement for size small will be 19.5 inches.
      For adjusting shape, though at first glance your idea sounds great when we really think it through there may be a better solution. Work more rows between increases so that the shaping of the sweater body is more gradual and less swing top. I suggest reducing the number of increases worked by 1 or 2 and the number of rounds worked between increase by 4. So perhaps increase 4 times every 11 rounds.
      To shorten the length I would decrease the number of rows once the last increase set is complete.
      Hope this helps! Let me know if we need to adjust anything else!

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      • Thanks Mel. I am getting a little larger row gauge than the pattern calls for…28 rows over 4 inches instead of 30…but I settled for that because my stitch gauge was correct. So I decided to “split the difference” and do my increases every 9th round instead of 11. With my larger gauge size I think this will give me enough length. The other bonus is that I can pick up the striping pattern that the medium is using and end right about the correct row. I don’t have a model so I’m depending on measurements for this to work. Keeping my fingers crossed!


        • When you are working a top down sweater you may find it helpful to bring out all the circular needles and use them during Try On Time! Make a habit of checking your fit frequently and utilize circular needles to hold front and back stitches on long ones (front on one, back on another) as well as sleeves on circs too! It makes knitting off of those fast and streamlined!
          Keep me posted and let me know if you need more help!


  3. I’m to the point where I get ready to divide the front and back. I just tried the sweater on and the bottom comes about mid-rib on me. I would need to add at least another 4-5 inches in length to hit my waist. Should I just “wing” the striping sequence until I get to a good spot? Also it’s pretty loose, but I think a good wash and dry should make the fit just about perfect. I feel that if I would have gone for medium, it would be too small…big boobs and all that.


    • Aloha Cindy!When you divide the front from the back the division is done beneath your armpits not at your waist. If you look at the bottom set of photos on this page: you can see where the sweater lies before you divide sleeves. So I suggest definitely not adding 4 or 5 inches before dividing.Once you divide, you will cast on more stitches beneath the underarms. At this juncture you will knit a stretchy side panel that allows for room for the bust and further increases are worked as you advance down the sweater. Does this help at all? Remember you can snap a picture and email it to me and I can give it a look to see if we re on the same page, need to make adjustments or anything else!


  4. Michaela says:

    Sorry, I’m a little confused to do the split on the bottom. I have 27 st between the markers, but im supposed to knit 15 and then 2 tog. I wont be in the middle, please help


    • Laurel says:

      I was wondering the same thing. Are you making the large? I’m making the large and have the same number of stitches. I was actually wondering if you repeat the side increase 7 times in total instead of 6 times. The reason I was thinking this is because in the pattern you are given the increases and then told to repeat this 6 times but wasn’t sure if it was 6 more times. This would give you 29 st between the markers which would make a little more sense.


  5. I am getting ready to start this and have some questions. I believe I finished with round 100 after the last work your body step; so now starting with round 101 on the stripe sequence, I wrote it out and worked out that I will have extra stripe rounds left after I finish the hem so I think I’ve done something wrong. When it says do the increases 6 times is that 6 times total, or 7 times total for size large?


    • Becky, there has been no response, but on the Ravelry group several others clarified for me that it is 7 total increases for the size large (the “increase round” is not just a description of the increase round but meant to be knit as written as the first increase round, then the following number of repeats is on top of that.

      I decided to just wing it with the stripe pattern, it’ll work out roughly as it should regardless.


    • Aloha Becky! In the a video tutorial I show how to do the split sides, but as others are confused I have clarified it in the pattern everyone will be emailed (Dec 12, 2014). Upon reading it if you have any questions at all, please let me know! Mahal,


    • Aloha again Becky! I hope you saw the Revision of Mauna Kea Pattern. (if not, it is found on the MK Action List) I am sorry it was confusing to you and some others. I know being frustrated in knitting is not what anyone wants. I hope that with the revision to clarify how the increases are worked helps you and anyone else that may have been scratching their head. If you still have questions after looking it over gimme a shout!
      Looking forward to getting you along a smooth path.


  6. Becky, there has been no response, but on the Ravelry group several others clarified for me that it is 7 total increases for the size large (the “increase round” is not just a description of the increase round but meant to be knit as written as the first increase round, then the following number of repeats is on top of that.

    I decided to just wing it with the stripe pattern, it’ll work out roughly as it should regardless.


    • Aloha!
      There was a response as a video instruction, I am sorry to have not given you a written answer here.
      I am emailing out a clarified version of the pattern to help make sure the increases are not confusing to anyone else.
      I hope this helps!


  7. Hi Mel,

    I thought I read that the updated stripes piece of the pattern was going to be posted. What is the planned date for that? I haven’t given up yet, but I would like to see the final information for when to change the Ombre colors. Or, if that has not changed from the 14 page pattern, please let me know. The 4 page pattern did not mention it.



    • Aloha Becky! The pattern pages did post, perhaps hit the refresh button for your browser? Sometimes webpages will not update or reload unless prompted with the refresh button.
      The changes to the stripes was with formatting the chart as well as making them available for individual size specific downloads.
      To help you I can create an individual download for gradient/ombre knitters to download and keep on hand as well. There are no changes to it, but it may be helpful to have it as a separate download, so I will begin creating that for you this afternoon. You will see it post below the stripe pattern downloads, in case you need it here is the link:


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