OK, maybe I am not getting this...
I started the Branching Out
scarf... my first attempt at lace knitting. You cast on 25 stitches, and use 3 on either side as a garter stitch border. The chart covers the in between stitches. I noticed after the first row of lace that I had more than 25 stitches (31). I was panicked at first, but then realized that maybe there are decreases in the following rows to account for it. Nearing the end of row 7, I realized after I worked the pattern row, I only had 2 stitches to do the garter edge. Oops.
So I decided to count how many stitches should be in each row, so I can keep track and catch any more mistakes early... This is weird though. You start with 25, then after row 1 you have 31, after row 3 it's 31, then 32, 30, and 30 respectively. So if you start the pattern again with 30, won't the scarf just get wider and wider?
Maybe I am reading the pattern incorrectly. I am very frustrated though, now there is no way to know where the mistake is so I'll have to rip back to the beginning. :(