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Old 12-07-2013, 07:09 AM   #1
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Newbie Knitter- Reading a pattern
I recently discovered knitting, and I want to knit a girl a scarf for xmas, but I literally have no idea what this pattern means.

1. Co 8 sts using long-tail cast on method.
2. Knit
3. (RS): *k2, p1, YO, k2tog, p1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
4. CO 6 sts, p2, *k1, p2; rep from *.
5. CO 6 sts, *k2, p1, k2tog, YO, p1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
6. p2, *k1, p2; rep from *.
7. Repeat rows 3 6 until you have 188 sts.
8. Bind off as K2, P1.

Here's what I understand:
Start row one- this will be casting on 8 stitches
Row two- knit all 8 of these stitches
row three- k2, p1, YO, k2tog, p1....
Then I get confused on this part. How many times do I repeat this? Do I complete it once and then once again, and end it with knit 2? Do I knit the pattern repetitively until I only have two more stitches remaining on the loop, then knit the last two that remain?
Row 4 - Cast on 6, p2, k1 p2 till I run out of stitches
row 5- cast on 6, get confused again (same as 3)
row 6 - understood
row 7 - just keep knitting, just keep knitting...
row 8 - Understood
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Old 12-07-2013, 07:37 AM   #2
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Hi and welcome!
That looks like an interesting pattern to knit. Ordinarily, yes, repeat the directions between the asterisks until you run out of sts to use for a complete repeat. In the case of row 3, there are only enough sts for one repeat of the directions between the asterisks and then, with the 2sts left, k2.
For row 5, you'll be able to repeat the directions between the asterisks twice, then k2. Each time you cast on 6 sts you'll have enough for an additional repeat the next time it is called for. Remember too, that the yo doesn't use a stitch, it occurs between sts so each repeat will use 6sts.
Have fun knitting this one.
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