Intentionally dropped stitches
I have a scarf pattern that requires several dropped stitiches. The pattern is a series of 16 rows. The directions for the 6th row say "Drop next stitch from needle and allow to unravel for 5 rows". In the 14th row you M1, so that the number of stitches stays the same over the series. My question is how to control how far the dropped stitches unravel. Won't they just keep going? What am I missing?