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Old 02-09-2011, 01:40 PM   #1
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Problem with a pattern
Hello,
I am new to knitting, I have crochetted for about 30 years. My first project of course has to be something that is ittermediate, my son asked for this afghan. Anyway I feel after tearing this first row apart about 20times that the pattern might be wrong as to the casting amount. It requires you to cast 149 stiches on. Turn and do the first row which is:
K5, pm, slip, K1, psso, *K15, inc2, K15, slip, K2tog, passo, repeat from * 6 more times, end last rep with slip, K1, pm K5.


When I count the stitches I get 152 not 150 which is what it would be including the first tie on stitch.

Am I wrong?
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Old 02-09-2011, 02:47 PM   #2
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K5, pm, slip, K1, psso, *K15, inc2, K15, slip, K2tog, passo, repeat from * 6 more times, end last rep with slip, K1, pm K5.

First, are you sure it says repeat from * 6 more times??? The amount of stitches required to work what is inside the ** is 33 stitches, so if you were to have enough stitches to work the whole pattern as you have written it, you would have needed to cast on 245 sts.

Do you see what I mean? Lets break it down:
-K5, pm, slip, K1, psso = requires 7 sts to start
-K15, inc2, K15, slip, K2tog, psso = requires 33 sts to start
(^ this is pattern is done 7 times [1st time plus 6 additional times], which means 33 sts times 7, which equals 231 sts to start)
-slip, K1, pm, K5 = requires 7 sts to start

7+231+7 = 245 sts you would have to have cast on just do that row as written.

My guess is either the pattern's wrong or you may be misreading it.
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Old 02-09-2011, 03:31 PM   #3
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You wrote-K15, inc2, K15, slip, K2tog, psso = requires 33 sts to start

I count 34 instead of 33 so I must be doing something wrong. K2tog uses 2 stitches doesn't it?
or maybe I am doing the inc2 wrong because after I do the inc -K, P, K - I take the original one off the left needle.

(and yes it positively says 6 more times)

And I apologize - it was originally 249 stitches cast on not 149 -
I appreciate your help sooooo much!
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Old 02-09-2011, 05:44 PM   #4
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Either count your slip knot as a stitch or don't and take it off, but don't 'adjust' the stitch number because of that one stitch.

"K15, inc2, K15, slip, K2tog, psso requires 33 sts to start"
does not, it takes 34 sts because the sl k2tog psso uses 3 sts, decreaseing to 1, but the kpk into 1 st makes up for it so your incs and decs balance out.

"K5, pm, slip, K1, psso, *K15, inc2, K15, slip, K2tog, passo, repeat from * 6 more times, end last rep with slip, K1, pm K5"
There's 7 sts at the beg of the row, repeat the st patt of 34 sts 6 times, then repeat it again but instead of 'k15, sl k2T, psso' you're going to 'k15, sl 1 k1, psso and k5. So that last repeat is only 33 sts plus the 5 at the end and 7 at the beginning. I get 249 sts, same as you start with.
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Old 02-09-2011, 08:48 PM   #5
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You are like my hero!!!!!

Thank you very much!!!!!

(you know this is only my first row...I may need to ask something else in the future!)


Thanks again - I got to get to my knitting!
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:43 PM   #6
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So long as you understand the difference between a single and double increase and decrease, I think you'll be fine. And now you do.
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