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asessions 03-21-2013 02:11 PM

I'm trying a new baby bootie pattern (Magic Slippers), and it's crazy. one of the first directions (for the sole) says K1, K1f&B, knit till 3 stitches left, k1f&B, k2.

I assume that it's a decrease from the original 15 sts to 3.....but i cannot figure out what this &amp business means....or the ;'s not another color of yarn as this pattern only calls for 1 strand/color.

Someone please help, these slippers are darling and I really want to try to make them! Thanks in advance!

Jan in CA 03-21-2013 02:39 PM

It looks like a typo to me. I wonder if its supposed to be K1F&B which is usually known as KFB for knit one front and increase. It makes sense to me because you'd be increasing at that point.

asessions 03-21-2013 02:46 PM

that makes a lot of sense, and the thought had occurred to me as well.....thanks so much!!

GrumpyGramma 03-21-2013 03:11 PM

Magic Slippers

Is this your pattern?

Somehow something got mixed up in translation from one program to another. The amp means ampersand which is of course & and therefore simply redundant and confusing clutter. My guess. Cute pattern.

suzeeq 03-21-2013 03:21 PM

The 'amp;' is short for 'ampersand' which is the name of the & symbol, apparently the page didn't render it correctly. So it's just the kfb increase.

asessions 03-21-2013 07:46 PM

oh thanks so much!! so wait, if it's an increase, why do the stitches decrease from 15 to 3?

asessions 03-21-2013 07:46 PM

sorry and yes that is the pattern!!

Jan in CA 03-21-2013 08:02 PM


Originally Posted by asessions (Post 1372730)
oh thanks so much!! so wait, if it's an increase, why do the stitches decrease from 15 to 3?

They don't. You just continue till you have 3 stitches left on the left needle then do as it said. If you are just asking, but haven't tried it give it a try. Most patterns make more sense when you are actually working on it.

suzeeq 03-21-2013 08:29 PM

Knit across the row until there's 3 sts left on the needle - the left needle - then you do another increase.

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