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Old 06-18-2009, 04:36 PM   #1
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Hello all!

I've been lurking for a while now and find this to be a very helpful site. I am working on an afghan pattern and can't seem to figure out the pattern. I would very much appreciate any help that anybody is willing to give!

The patern is spider web and I'm starting with 51 stitches on my needle. Row 1 reads as follows:

K5 [yo, ssk, k1, k2 tog, yo, k1] 7 times, k4.

So.....wouldn't this row need 65 stitches?? How many stitches are inside the brackets because I keep counting them as 8.

What am I doing wrong???
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Old 06-18-2009, 04:44 PM   #2
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[yo ssk k1 k2tog yo k1]

1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 6

6 x 7 = 42 + 5 + 4 = 51 stitches

The yo is one stitch, the ssk is a decrease, the k2tog is a decrease.

Does that make more sense?
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Old 06-18-2009, 05:19 PM   #3
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I'm sorry - I'm just not seeing it. :( I'm starting to feel a little dense....

[yo, ssk, k1, k2 tog, yo, k1]

I can see that with this sequence, I will end with the same number of stitches I started with, but the problem is that I'm somehow using 8 stitches from my left needle instead of 6.

This is what I'm doing:

yo: takes 1 from left needle, puts 2 on right needle
ssk: takes 2 from left needle, puts 1 on right needle
k1: takes 1, puts 1 on
K2 tog: takes 2, puts 1 on
yo: takes 1, puts 2 on
k1: takes 1, puts 1 on

This is so much harder to describe than to do! I know I'm doing something wrong, but I just don't see it.
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:08 PM   #4
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I believe the problem is with your yarnover. You don't take anything from your left needle. All you do is take your working yarn, bring it between your two needles and then from that position, bring it in a counter-clockwise movement back behind the right needle. If you scroll up, there is a glossary you can click on that has a video of a yarnover.

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Old 06-18-2009, 07:21 PM   #5
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OOOOHHHH! I get it now!

I've never done yarn over before (obviously!) and I did watch the video, but I misunderstood it. I got the part about making the extra loop on your right needle, but I thought you had to knit or purl the next stitch to finish the yarn over. Good grief! Talk about making something harder than it needed to be - ugh.

Thank you so much!
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:33 PM   #6
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You are very welcome. Glad you decided to drop in and join the fun!


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Old 06-18-2009, 09:33 PM   #7
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It's when you make the next st on the needle (from the pattern) that the YO is made. It's a very common mistake; you just add it between sts.

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