06-10-2008, 08:05 PM #1 gilmour5 Casting On   Join Date: Jun 2008 Posts: 5 Thanks: 4 Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts tired of trying to figure this out. please help Hello Everyone. I bought the alligator scarf pattern and was doing really well. Until I got to the first row of binding off while still in pattern. I started with 59 stitches and are suppose to end up with 19 which is not happening it always ends being less then the 19. the row says exactly knit 3 bind off eight tightly. then knit three which includes the stich from the last bind off. I have tried knitting the first three then binding off 8 then knitting three. Then I tried knitting three binding off eight then knitting 2. That still didn't work. I hope someone can help me I have ripped apart this row several times. This is a gift for my sisters baby who is decortating the room in alligators. please help me. Kathy

 06-11-2008, 02:27 AM #2 gotta knit Knitting the Flap   Join Date: Feb 2008 Location: Ontario, Canada Posts: 428 Thanks: 173 Thanked 169 Times in 165 Posts Logically, K3 + bind off 8 = 11sts, which you will repeat 5 times (meaning 55 sts and 4 sts to end of row=59sts you start with). The pattern repeated 5 times means you should end up with 19sts on the needles, with 40 bound off. (K3x5repeats=15sts + 4sts at end of row=19sts left) (bind off 8x5repeats=40sts gone.) When you bind off, your 3rd stitch disappears and the 8th bind off leaves 1st, so you still have only 3 sts with each repeat. Don't count the 3rd st as part of your bind off, you need to K1 to start your bind offs. So K the 4th st then pass the 3rd st over it as the 1st bind off. When you do the first *K3, bind off 8*, the first 2sts and the 12th st will be the 3 sts on your needle. With your next repeat of *K3, bind off 8*, you'll K the 13th, 14th, 15thsts, then K the 16th st (to start your next 8 bind offs)and pass the 15th st over the 16th........ Hope that makes sense! Mary
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 06-11-2008, 02:51 AM #3 gotta knit Knitting the Flap   Join Date: Feb 2008 Location: Ontario, Canada Posts: 428 Thanks: 173 Thanked 169 Times in 165 Posts This just got answered a bit differently on another forum. I think Art Lady's suggestion on the How to Questions forum might balance the # of sts on each end better.
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 06-11-2008, 11:24 PM #4 gilmour5 Casting On   Join Date: Jun 2008 Posts: 5 Thanks: 4 Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts I wanted to say thank you both of you. Your posts helped me out alot and i think i figured out the problem. I tried it last night and got the correct amount of stitches. I hope it works as well when I get to the bind off ten part. thanks again Kathy

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