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Old 07-17-2013, 01:10 AM   #1
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K1, S1 what?
I'm doing my first project. The pattern is called Verdant and is a shrug. The sleeve cuff is in a "rich man's garter" but I've found no mention of that anywhere.

The directions say:

Row 1: WS (k1, s1) across entire row
Row 2: (RS) knit entire row
Row 3: (s1, k1) across row
Row 4 : Knit across row

When I think I understand and try it, I suddenly lose it!

Am I hopeless?
Really, I'm trying!
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:54 AM   #2
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I've never heard of rich man's garter either but it cetainly is a pretty pattern.The knit 1, slip 1 or slip 1, knit 1 rows give a nice pattern on the right side (RS). If you're losing track of which row you're on, keep track with a row counter or pencil and paper until you can see the pattern in your stitches. Otherwise, I'd just repeat the mantra across the row: knit, slip, knit, slip, etc.
Lovely shrug which is worth the effort.
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Oh, have no idea about it.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:19 AM   #4
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I find repeating the stitches in my head, like a mantra, very helpful for keeping me at the right spot on the row. Also as that is a four row pattern, I would always make sure I could complete the four rows in one knitting session, then when I stop I would always know to start with Row 1 again and not wonder where I am in the pattern.

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Old 07-17-2013, 09:26 AM   #5
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Hi, there. Hopeless? Nope, no way! That's a lovely shrug. Hang in there, you'll get it.
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:30 PM   #6
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For me, learning to read/recognize stitches was one of my key learnings for knitting. I have done K1, S1 before and I always peeked at the stitch in the row directly below to keep track. The columns in this pattern have clear differences.
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