02-02-2012, 10:29 PM #1 robbinred Casting On   Join Date: Jan 2012 Posts: 10 Thanks: 0 Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post what the? knitting a baby outfit so there are 3 different sizes. I chose the middle size. I have 52 stiches says K2, (K2tog, k3) 9 times, (K2tog, k3) 0 times, (K2tog, k3) 0 times, (K2tog, k1) 3 times. 42 stiches. This doesn't seem to make sense to me. Can anyone explain?

 02-02-2012, 10:33 PM #2 Jan in CA Moderator Mod Squad     Join Date: Oct 2005 Location: Southern CA Posts: 38,161 Thanks: 1,723 Thanked 8,979 Times in 7,324 Posts Is it the 0 times that is confusing you? That means for your size you don't do those. Do you have a pattern name and link? __________________ Jan When asking questions ALWAYS post the name and a link for the pattern if you have it. NEW! KH knitting video archive ~HOW TO POST A PHOTO~
 02-02-2012, 11:07 PM #3 robbinred Casting On   Join Date: Jan 2012 Posts: 10 Thanks: 0 Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post yup its the snuggly snowflake chunky (sirdar) but i don't have the link. I understand that you don't knit the 0...but the math doesn't add up. I should end up with 42 stiches...but i'm knitting together 12 times, 20 shouldn't it be 40 stiches?
 02-02-2012, 11:15 PM #4 suzeeq Knit On!   Join Date: Aug 2006 Location: Montana Posts: 27,765 Thanks: 160 Thanked 6,457 Times in 6,038 Posts What you're doing is this - k2, (K2tog, k3) 9 times, (K2tog, k1) 3 times. The k2tog 3 reduces 5 sts to 4, 4 times 9 = 36. The k2tog k1 reduces 3 sts to 2, times 3 is 6. I don't know what you do with the first k2.... because 36 plus 6 is 42 then the k2 at the beg for a total of 44 sts. Though according to this, you'd be starting with 56 sts in the first place. Are you sure that's the correct numbers for your size? Like maybe the last k2tog, k1 should be done twice, not 3 times? That's why it's good to look at the pattern, or you copy it exactly the way it's written and check for any typos on your end. __________________ sue- knitting heretic Last edited by suzeeq : 02-03-2012 at 11:10 AM.
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 Originally Posted by robbinred yup its the snuggly snowflake chunky (sirdar) but i don't have the link. I understand that you don't knit the 0...but the math doesn't add up. I should end up with 42 stiches...but i'm knitting together 12 times, 20 shouldn't it be 40 stiches?
The pattern as written takes 56sts and decreases to 44sts (you're right, a decrease of 12sts). Check and see how many sts you have on the needle before this decrease row. I'd look at the following rows, check how many sts are called for and decrease to that number. The yarn looks very fuzzy and thick so it may not matter. You're using the Sirdar Snowflake Chunky yarn to make which pattern?

 02-03-2012, 09:15 AM #6 robbinred Casting On   Join Date: Jan 2012 Posts: 10 Thanks: 0 Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post Its a baby outfit that looks like a bear. The last row I did said I should end with 52 stitches. Thats why I am so confused. I am following the pattern.
 02-03-2012, 01:34 PM #7 salmonmac Moderator Mod Squad   Join Date: Dec 2010 Location: Maryland Posts: 11,325 Thanks: 836 Thanked 4,135 Times in 3,777 Posts This may be the pattern but of course we can't see the instructions. Can you quote a few lines (not the whole pattern) before and after the one in your earler post and also let us know where you are in the pattern (sleeves, back, etc.)?
 02-03-2012, 06:18 PM #8 robbinred Casting On   Join Date: Jan 2012 Posts: 10 Thanks: 0 Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post yup that's the pattern. I am working on the back. k18, m1, k14, m1, k18. 48 (52:56) stitches cont without shaping until back measures 7.5 inches from 2 cast on stitches, ending with ws row. next row k1 (2:1), (k2tog, k3)4 (9:5) times, (k2tog, k2) 1 (0:1) times, (k2tog, k3)4 (0:5)times, k2tog k1 (3:1). 38 (42:46) sts** now i have chosen the middle number for my size.
 02-03-2012, 06:48 PM #9 salmonmac Moderator Mod Squad   Join Date: Dec 2010 Location: Maryland Posts: 11,325 Thanks: 836 Thanked 4,135 Times in 3,777 Posts Aha! This is slightly different from your earlier post. Now the next row is: k1 (2:1), (k2tog, k3)4 (9:5) times, (k2tog, k2) 1 (0:1) times, (k2tog, k3)4 (0:5)times, k2tog k1 (3:1).38 (42:46) sts** The last part of the pattern is k2tog, k3. So your row is k2, (k2tog, k3) 9 times, k2tog, k3. That starts with 52sts and ends with 42sts, a decrease of 10sts. And there you go.
 02-03-2012, 06:51 PM #10 robbinred Casting On   Join Date: Jan 2012 Posts: 10 Thanks: 0 Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post ohhhh! huff guess I just needed another pair of eyes. THANKS SO MUCH!

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