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Old 03-25-2014, 02:55 PM   #1
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Hi!

I am really hung up on a pattern called Black Death. I found it on Ravelry but the designer also posted it as a freebee on her website.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/black-death

I knit the large shawl and ended with the correct st count. I started the lace section which reads as follows:

Row 1: K2 (yo, K2, SKP, K2, yo, K1) to last st, K1

Row 2: K2, p to last 2 st, K2

(same until row 9)

Row 9: K2, (YO, K7, YO, K1) to last st, K1

Row 10 is same as row 2

The designer says that the st count remains the same until row 9 but doing the odd # rows, I am adding a st for each pattern repeat. There are 2 YO and only one SKP per pattern repeat so how can the st count remain the same?????

Any help is appreciated.
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Old 03-25-2014, 05:07 PM   #2
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It looks like the designer sacrificed clarity for brevity. See the definition for SKP:
SKP - Slip the first stitch, knit the next two stitches together, pass the slipped stitch over

So that makes it 2 yo's and a double decrease. I don't know why a designer would unnecessarily complicate a pattern this way.
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Old 03-25-2014, 05:16 PM   #3
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That is crazy! I hate when people post patterns confusingly!

But thanks for the post! That's really cute, so I'm adding it to my queue.
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Thanks so much!! I thought I was going nuts!!!!
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Aw, not nuts. Ti's not called the Black Death for nothin'!
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That is crazy! I hate when people post patterns confusingly!
As far as I know SKP is NOT a standard knitting abbreviation (SSK is). A quick look at the listed abbreviations would/should have solved the problem without confusion (not a diss of the OP).
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Aw, not nuts. Ti's not called the Black Death for nothin'!


Nice pattern. Thanks for the link, bambi. Now I won't be pulling my hair out because I can't figure it out.
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I had even looked on the standard abbreviations list to make sure I wasn't going nuts. SKP stands for slip 1, knit 1, pass the slipped st and SK2P is slip, k2tog, pass according to the craft yarn council. She meant the later in the pattern.

She did write the pattern when she was ill with a deep tissue infection so I'm not being too hard on her.

The designer chose to make the points not line up with the end but I decided to have a pointy end so I remade the lace to line up right. When I'm done, I will post my revisions to make the lace pointy at the end.

I still think it will look lovely. I am using mostly acrylic yarn so I am going to steam block a swatch and "kill" a swatch to see what it will look like.
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I had even looked on the standard abbreviations list to make sure I wasn't going nuts. SKP stands for slip 1, knit 1, pass the slipped st and SK2P is slip, k2tog, pass according to the craft yarn council. She meant the later in the pattern.
I would argue that while a "standard" per the Craft Yarn Council, SK2P could easily be misinterpreted as Slip 1, Knit 2, Pass (or purl).

In any event, it clearly isn't a common enough abbreviation (like SSK) to be truly "standardized," IMO. Personnally, if I was writing a pattern, I would write it SK2togP.

In any event, glad you got it figured out.
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Not meaning to derail this thread, so I apologize to the OP, but is there really a Craft Yarn Council? If so, who is the chairperson etc?
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