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Old 03-25-2014, 02:55 PM   #1
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Hi!

I am really hung up on a pattern called Black Death. I found it on Ravelry but the designer also posted it as a freebee on her website.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/black-death

I knit the large shawl and ended with the correct st count. I started the lace section which reads as follows:

Row 1: K2 (yo, K2, SKP, K2, yo, K1) to last st, K1

Row 2: K2, p to last 2 st, K2

(same until row 9)

Row 9: K2, (YO, K7, YO, K1) to last st, K1

Row 10 is same as row 2

The designer says that the st count remains the same until row 9 but doing the odd # rows, I am adding a st for each pattern repeat. There are 2 YO and only one SKP per pattern repeat so how can the st count remain the same?????

Any help is appreciated.
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Old 03-25-2014, 05:07 PM   #2
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It looks like the designer sacrificed clarity for brevity. See the definition for SKP:
SKP - Slip the first stitch, knit the next two stitches together, pass the slipped stitch over

So that makes it 2 yo's and a double decrease. I don't know why a designer would unnecessarily complicate a pattern this way.
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Old 03-25-2014, 05:16 PM   #3
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That is crazy! I hate when people post patterns confusingly!

But thanks for the post! That's really cute, so I'm adding it to my queue.
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Old 03-25-2014, 05:24 PM   #4
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Thanks so much!! I thought I was going nuts!!!!
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Old 03-25-2014, 06:47 PM   #5
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Aw, not nuts. Ti's not called the Black Death for nothin'!
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:31 PM   #6
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Aw, not nuts. Ti's not called the Black Death for nothin'!


Nice pattern. Thanks for the link, bambi. Now I won't be pulling my hair out because I can't figure it out.
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:25 PM   #7
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That is crazy! I hate when people post patterns confusingly!
As far as I know SKP is NOT a standard knitting abbreviation (SSK is). A quick look at the listed abbreviations would/should have solved the problem without confusion (not a diss of the OP).
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I love this pattern its so amazing I want to do it!
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I agree: it's a very beautiful pattern, and looks challenging but not too difficult to do. Hope you enjoy making it!
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The CYCA (Craft Yarn Council) also provides suggested lists of abbreviations for knit and crochet patterns so that yarn-workers and designers don't have to start from scratch each time.

Knit abbreviations

Crochet abbreviations

Look around the CYCA site for more information on reading charts and on yarn weights.
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