View Full Version : Just Regular Dense--Wonky Patternness Resolved!

11-28-2007, 07:16 PM
So...somebody help me out here :??:
I just cast on for these (http://www.unwindyarn.com/april_pattern.htm) hand towels, which says to:

With MC, cast on 63 sts. Work in garter stitch (knit every row) for 4 rows.
Continue in 4 row pattern for about 2".

The "4 row pattern" in question is as follows:

Row 1: K2, *P2, K2*, repeat between *s to last 4 stitches, P2, K2.
Row 2: K2, *K2, P2* repeat between *s to last 4 stitches, K4.
Row 3: K2, *P2, MoC*, repeat between *s to last 4 stitches, P2, K2.
Row 4: repeat Row 2.

Doesn't that.....NOT work with 63 stitches? Wouldn't multiples of 4, or at least an even number? I am confuzzled...and of course I didn't even realize it til I started knitting. :doh:

11-28-2007, 07:34 PM
well in order for that to work, as i see it, there would have to be an odd stitch somewhere. but it all looks like it is 2s and 4s in the pattern. i may be missing it but i don't see how they can get it to work with 63 stitches.


11-28-2007, 07:34 PM
Actually it looks to me like it would work with 63 stitches as they specify doing the repeats until you reach the last 4. I am assuming this is being done to create a decorative edge border as the last repeat before the 4 will always basically just be a half of the repeat.

I'd say just try it that way and see how it looks after working through a few repeats.

Jan in CA
11-28-2007, 07:46 PM
Doesn't look right to me either. If you divide 63 by 4 you 15.75. :??

11-28-2007, 07:51 PM
It looks wonky to me too. I would try it for a few rows, and see how it turns out. Then I would frog it and try a new pattern:blooby:

11-28-2007, 07:53 PM
I think Mason is on to something. Basically, you just end your repeat early to leave 4 sts at the end.

Jan in CA
11-28-2007, 07:56 PM
I think Mason is on to something. Basically, you just end your repeat early to leave 4 sts at the end.

The repeat is 4 stitches though so you'd never have one random stitch. Right? :??

11-28-2007, 08:03 PM
Jan's right, you can't end the repeat early and still have 4 stitches left...I'm glad it wasn't just me! I think I"ll just make a decrease and work the pattern from there and see what happens! Thanks everyone:muah:

11-28-2007, 08:18 PM
It doesn't make sense to me either after looking at the towel. It shows all the knits and purls lining up, you couldn't do that with an uneven number of stitches and an even number stitch pattern.
You have a garter stitch border on either side, but the pattern inside border stitches also needs an even number of stitches to work out. I think I would cast on 62 stitches to get the pattern to work for me.

11-28-2007, 11:16 PM
Are they slipping an uncounted stitch? I've always wondered if you are supposed to count that or not.


11-28-2007, 11:19 PM
Or maybe 64 sts. But it's probably 62.

11-29-2007, 01:06 AM
Yep. 62.
I had considered the possibility of a selvedge stitch that they forgot to mention, but usually there's one on each side (so even numbers again). So since I'd already cast-on and knit the 4 garter rows before looking at the pattern and realizing the error, I just did a K2tog mid row and continued on my merry way with 62 stitches and the pattern works. w00t!
Here's what I ended up with after tv-knitting tonight:

Jan in CA
11-29-2007, 01:23 AM
:cheering: So what is it going to be? It's pretty!

11-29-2007, 01:54 AM
That's great!!

11-29-2007, 10:59 AM
Thanks! It's less exciting than I thought but still cute. It's just going to be a fingertip towel/bathroom towel...whipping it up to go with some soaps and lotions as a grab gift for a holiday party Friday.

Jan in CA
11-29-2007, 02:22 PM
Oh that's right! :doh: That's a nice idea though!