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anadavidson 06-03-2012 05:24 PM

Novice knitter, need help!
Hi, I just started knitting and I have a few questions.
1. If the pattern calls for six rows do I stop on the 5th since the stitches on the needles are also a row??
2. Should I count the cast ons as a row?
3. Will someone explain the pattern to me? The next step is making the eyelets and I don't understand what it says.


suzeeq 06-03-2012 05:37 PM

The CO isn't considered a row and the sts on your needle got there on the 5th row, they won't be the 6th one until you knit another row. Eyelets are usually done in a pattern of yo, k2tog. To yo, wrap the yarn around the needle as if you were knitting a stitch, then put your needle into the next 2 sts as if it was just one stitch and pull the yarn through both stitches.

If you can tell us the name of your pattern that helps a lot, then we can see it or a picture and help you further.

salmonmac 06-03-2012 05:44 PM

Hi and welcome to KH and to knitting!
Every time you work across the stitches on the needle counts as a row. So if the pattern calls for 6 rows, work 6 rows including the last row worked. It may help to use a row counter or a paper and pencil to make sure you're keeping track.
Some patterns and videos count the cast on as a row, but I usually don't. I think that's fairly common practice.
Post the row instructions for the eyelets (and the pattern name and a link if possible) and someone is sure to be able to help. There are great videos at the top of the page for many techniques including yarn overs and k2tog which are commonly used in making eyelets.

anadavidson 06-03-2012 11:25 PM

This is the pattern I'm following. I'm am doing the medium size

I understand the YO & K2tog I just don't understand her instructions.
Here is the eyelet instructions-

"Eyelet round: K2, P1 *K2, YO, K2tog, K1, P1* to last 3 stitches; K2 YO; at the end of the eyelet round you will K2tog with the final stitch of this round and the first stitch of the next round to achieve the correct number of stitches. You will need to move the stitch marker to between the YO and the K2tog stitch, making the final YO the last stitch of the eyelet round and the K2tog the first the first stitch of the next round."

What do the asterisks mean? Does it mean repeat?

Thank you for being very helpful. :)

salmonmac 06-04-2012 05:05 AM

That's it exactly. Repeat the instuctions between the asterisks. It's a little knitting shorthand.

anadavidson 06-04-2012 11:31 AM

So I repeat until I have 3 stitches left? Then I K2 YO wouldn't that use up the last 3 stitches of the round? I just don't understand the sentence after that. How can I K2tog if I already did the the last 3 stitches of the round? I'm totally confused.

suzeeq 06-04-2012 12:49 PM

A yo doesn't use a stitch, it's just wrapping the yarn around the needle. When you work the first st on the next round that anchors the yo.

anadavidson 06-04-2012 02:29 PM


Originally Posted by suzeeq (Post 1349648)
A yo doesn't use a stitch, it's just wrapping the yarn around the needle. When you work the first st on the next round that anchors the yo.

Oh, the videos didn't really explain that. Now I get it. Thanks so much. :)

suzeeq 06-04-2012 04:13 PM

Yes, most videos or instructions are kind of vague on how to do YOs. They never use a stitch, just add a new one between stitches.

anadavidson 06-04-2012 04:57 PM

Ok so I just finished the round and did a normal K2 P1 as the pattern calls for. When I finished that round it ended in a knit not a purl is that ok? Should I just keep going on to the next round and purl?

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