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Old 03-05-2010, 03:43 PM   #11
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Then you're missing something somehow. There's no border sts so you just work the pattern across all the sts. Do one repeat of the pattern - K2tog, K6, yo, K1, yo, K6, sl 1, K1, psso - place a marker, do another repeat, place marker, etc all the way across. You should have 12 repeats. Also check that you cast on the correct number, that will throw you off.

Another thing you can do is a practice sample with some other yarn; cast on 34 or 51 sts for 2 or 3 repeats and see if you come out right with the smaller number. You get to the end of the row faster and may be able to tell where you get off count.

And.... after you've done a row and don't have enough sts, you can look at the beginning and name your sts instead of counting them - dec, 6 knits, yo, k, yo, 6 knits, dec, etc. that can help you find what's off.
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Old 03-06-2010, 06:26 PM   #12
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I need border some how cause the Ktog was going to make me have a triangular blanket if I started out with it, so for the boarder how many stitches should I do? should it just be 1 or 2? cause it doesn't tell me...that's the only other question I have the rest I pretty much have down.
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Old 03-06-2010, 08:13 PM   #13
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The pattern will probably look good without a border. You have to knit a few inches to see it develop. But reading over that directions, the edge will look something like this.

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Old 03-06-2010, 08:20 PM   #14
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it was going down hill if i started with the ktog. so I need to at least knit 1 before the ktog.
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Old 03-07-2010, 10:20 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by Hibiscus071886 View Post
I need border some how cause the Ktog was going to make me have a triangular blanket if I started out with it...
No it doesn't. You have increases across the row that offset the k2togs so it comes out a square shape. A border wouldn't have anything to do with preventing a triangle shape anyway, it's the shaping in the row that determines the shape, not the edge sts.

Just follow the pattern as written and it will come out fine. As I said before, cast on 34 sts to try a few rows on a smaller number of stitches. You'll see how it works out then.
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Old 03-07-2010, 11:44 AM   #16
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I have a practiced piece and the edge comes out all funny from the k2tog the rows were slowly going in on the edge.
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Old 03-07-2010, 12:58 PM   #17
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Making a border of k1 on each end is not going to make the edge straight, it's how you do the increases and decreases. Did you make sure to do the 2 YOs on every row you did the k2tog? Do you have the same number of stitches you started with? You should, the decs (k2tog, skp) will be balanced by the 2 YOs every 17 sts.

You would knit "K2tog, K6, yo, K1, yo, K6, sl 1, K1, psso, K2tog, K6, yo, K1, yo, K6, sl 1, K1, psso, K2tog, K6, yo, K1, yo, K6, sl 1, K1, psso" across that row. So you have dec, k6, inc k1, inc, k6, dec, dec, k6, inc k1, inc, k6 dec on the row.
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Old 03-07-2010, 02:10 PM   #18
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Sue is right. The pattern is written with no border and if you are doing the pattern as you should it will be square and not turn into a triangle. The stitch you lose with K2tog at the beginning of each zig-zag(including the one right at the edge) is replaced by the first YO and the stitch you lose by doing the slip one stitch, K1, pass the slipped stitch over is replaced by the other YO you do.

So each part of the pattern uses 17 stitches and when you finish each part of the pattern you will have 17 stitches on the right hand needle (RHN) as well. The stitch markers folks have mentioned are a good idea if you are having trouble. Work the first pattern repeat and place a marker on the RHN. Count the number of stitches on the RHN. Do you have 17? If so proceed, if not you missed something in that section. Use Sues idea of naming the steps over the stitches in a section if you don't have 17 when you are done. Tink back and fix it. Keep working that way all the way across and do it all the time until you have your problem solved.

I was going to suggest Sue's idea of a small swatch of this pattern over 34 stitches, too. Work on just the 34 over at least one whole pattern repeat until you can get it to work out perfectly. Be sure you have 34 after every row, even use a marker between the two repeats and watch the 17 carefully. Did you say you can get it to work out right on a small sample, but messes up when you tackle the afghan? If so it is a matter of care and vigilance. It can be a pain in the neck when you have this many stitches that are worked in a pattern stitch, but each repeat needs each stitch in the right place all the time, or it won't give a very satisfying result.

I hope you get it worked out. It sounds like you are making progress in addressing the problem. This will be a wonderful gift from the heart for your boy friend.
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Old 03-07-2010, 05:31 PM   #19
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ok it seems to be going ok now turned out I was messing up my yo and getting an extra stitch.
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Good to hear you've got it figured out.
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