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Old 07-30-2012, 09:33 AM   #1
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Stuck on this simple instruction
I am just starting Square 3 of this pattern http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/us/pa...d=4769&lang=us and perhaps I'm complicating this instruction too much, but I don't get the part about one garter stitch. If anyone can help, thank you!

SQUARE 3:
Cast on 38 sts on needle size 5 mm / US 8 with Nepal. K 1 row from RS, K 1 row from WS, K 1 row RS and P 1 row from WS. Now continue in M.3 with 1 garter st each side until square measures approx 1 cm / 3/8'' less than square 1 (adjust to a half or full repeat). Now K 1 row from RS, K 1 row from WS, K 1 row RS and bind off from WS in K sts.


Each row is 38 stitches, and the pattern is 8, so where are they talking about a garter stitch on each side?

Here is the pattern, M.3:



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Old 07-30-2012, 11:00 AM   #2
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The first and last stitches on every row are knit which makes an edge of 'one garter stitch'.
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:04 AM   #3
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OK that makes sense, but the pattern has 8 stitches in it, and if I do that 4 times it makes 32 stitches. Plus the one garter each, is 34. What do I do with the other 4 stitches, there are 38 across each row.

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Old 07-30-2012, 12:07 PM   #4
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That may be a typo, or just knit 2 sts each end of the row for the edge instead.
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Old 07-30-2012, 02:19 PM   #5
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Hmm, that would still bring me to 36 only. So confusing!

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Old 07-30-2012, 03:34 PM   #6
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Think of your pattern as a 4 stitch repeat and repeat it 9 times. That gives you 36sts plus 2 edge sts for 38sts. So you would knit 4, purl 4 and repeat accross ending with knit 4.
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:58 PM   #7
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Wow, you're smart. If only I could think logically, I would have come up with that too. Thank you!
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Oh duh. I got hung up on the 8 repeats for 32 sts, and forgot that you can do the other 4 sts....
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Old 07-30-2012, 04:24 PM   #9
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Sorry, but won't this affect the pattern as I go left to right? If I'm only doing 4, I have to alter that for the next row, as the pattern starts with 8.

This is way to intricate, for what I thought would be the easiest square.
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Row 1 looks like k4, p4, k4 ... ending with k4. When you turn to work row 2 it should be p4, k4, p4.. ending the even row with p4.

If you start the first set of 4 rows with a row 1: k4, p4, k4 ...ending with k4 then the second set row 1 will just start with p4, k4, p4 ...ending with p4. Just watch the stitches and let them tell you what you should be doing. You want a checkerboard pattern here and it will shift every 4 rows.
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