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Old 12-07-2010, 07:16 PM   #1
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How to multiply to create rib stitch (I think that's right)
Hello there,

I'm a newbie to working with patterns, so I'm still learning the terminology. I found this scarf pattern, it is supposed to be easy but I'm having problems understanding the instructions.

http://www.purlbee.com/easy-hand-kni...ke-stitch.html

The pattern mentions multiply 4 + 3 I have searched high and low for videos showing how to do this, but nothing!! I can be a little slow on the uptake so I can struggle to understand written instructions but any help, advice, illustrations would be gratefully appreciate.

Thank you so much!

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Old 12-07-2010, 07:25 PM   #2
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For a pattern that calls for a 4 + 3 stitch count, you use any multiple of 4 and then add 3. In this case, she's calling for 39 stitches, which would be 36 + 3.
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Old 12-07-2010, 07:28 PM   #3
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Patterns often use multiple plus sts to show how many you need to use. There's no video because all you need is a calculator before you start knitting. For this one multiply 4 (which would be 8, 12, 16, 24, 28, etc) then add 3, so you'd end up with 11, 15, 19, 28, 31) for the number of sts to work across.
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Thank you for the responses. Is it terrible of me to say I'm still confused? If I cast on 36 when would I add 3 or do I cast on 39 and add 3 more.
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36 is 9 x 4, then add 3. So you want 39 sts total.
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