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Old 08-13-2007, 11:09 AM   #1
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I started making a dishcloth using the pattern:

Cast on 42 stitches (or a multiple of 18 plus 6)
Knit 3 rows of garter stitch for the border.

Row 4: Knit Row 5: K 3, P to last 3 stitches K3
Row 6: K3, *(K2 tog) 3 times, (yo, K1) 6 times, (K2 tog) 3 times, rep from * to last 3 sts K3
Row 7: Knit

... and I stopped after awhile because I thought I was doing something wrong. Wouldn't continuing this pattern just make more and more stitches as you go on?? As in, a ton more than you started with?
Am I just missing the trick here?
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Old 08-13-2007, 11:18 AM   #2
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Nope! The k2togs cancel out the yo k1s - you should end up with the same # of stitches. It took me a bit to get it straight too, but I checked your pattern against what I used to do a shawl, and it's right. You'll get a wave effect - Its a nice, easy to remember, lace effect.

Good luck with it.
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In this pattern and a lot of other lace patterns, there are a lot of yarn overs and knit 2 togethers that cancel each other out for lack of a better term.

In your pattern, you knit 2 together three times. This decreases 6 stitches to 3 stitches. Next, you do 6 yarn overs. This makes 6 stitches. Last, you do three more knit 2 togethers, taking six stitches to 3 stitches. See how that works out? In this pattern you start with 12 stitches then have 3, 6, and 3, for a total of 12.

I'm working on a lace pattern too right now and it's kind of hard. But the best advice I have is to count your stitches at the end of each row and if there's a problem, look for it and fix it while you don't have to frog the whole thing back.

Hope this helps,
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