Originally Posted by Mevv
yeah that makes more sense. My only real question then is for this pattern according to the chart I don't knit two stitches together after doing the YO? it doesn't look like it shows that on the chart. It only shows a S2kP. would that be the only decreasing I need to do to keep the rows even?
Since you said you've never worked with charts before, I just wanted to make sure that you're reading it correctly. It's read from the bottom up. The odd rows are read right-to-left while the even rows are read left-to-write. You've probably figured this out by now but I just wanted to reiterate it
Oh, and another word of caution: repeat only
the section outlined in red. So start with the first 4 sts, work the outlined sts until 9 sts remain, then work the remaining 9 sts as instructed. I learned this the hard way
(I made this sweater back in March.)
If you look at Row 1, notice there are 4 increases (yo), 2 single decreases (ssk and k2tog), and 1 double decrease (sk2p). So for every increase (yo), there is a decrease. Similarly, in Row 11, there are 4 increases (yo) and 2 double decreases (sk2p). So, no, you don't
do a k2tog (or ssk) immediately after every YO. Just follow the chart and it will work out
The only time you need to pay attention to the number of decreases and increases in the lace pattern is when you're doing the armhole & neckline shaping. When you get to those parts, you'll need to follow the designer's instructions: "Do not work a [yo] if there are not enough sts to work its accompanying decrease." So when you get to the end of a row and notice that you only have X sts left but realize that you would need X+1 sts to work both the YO and its accompanying decrease, then don't do the YO (or the decrease when you come to it in the pattern... just knit it).