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claireweber 02-03-2013 12:48 PM

Coral 2 Knitting Stitch
I fell in love with the Coral 2 Stitch on the knittingfool site. For the life of me, I am not able to figure it out. I count the stitches in the written directions, as well as on the graph and they seem to be wrong; it reads a multiple of 18 stitches plus 5 stitches. With one pattern repeat, first row reads 37 stitches, second row 41 stitches, and so on. I tried working up a swatch and it was wrong. Is there anyone here that can assist me? I am perplexed.

suzeeq 02-03-2013 01:09 PM

Hi and Welcome. Here's the link to the pattern stitch so others can find it too.

This stitch pattern has a different number of stitches on each row. The repeat - yo, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k9, k2-tog - has 4 YOs but only 2 decs so you gain 2 stitches there. The beg of row has a dec and no inc, and the end stitches add 4 YOs and only 1 decrease. So at the end of the row you'll have added sts, but row 2 has the decs that make up for it.

It's counted a bit odd, but try reading it as the last repeat of the repeats isn't done the same as the other ones. The YOs don't use a stitch, so you do use 18 sts in the repeat, 7 sts before it and last repeat ends with 'k2tog, k5' instead of 'ssk, k9.

claireweber 02-03-2013 01:55 PM

Still having problems with this one.
Thank you Sue for responding so quickly. I love this stitch and really want to use it in my project ♥ I cast on 41 stitches for my swatch. I followed the "Begin Row" instruction for Row 1, did one pattern repeat, and then followed "End Row" instruction. I am now left with 4 cast-on stitches on my left needle. I just don't know what is wrong here.

salmonmac 02-03-2013 02:15 PM

Beautiful pattern stitch!
Cast on 37sts for your swatch. The first row uses 37sts and ends with 41sts.
The rows alternate, odd rows 41sts total, even row 37sts total if you do one repeat across. The center stitch repeat changes too: odd rows 20sts per repeat, even rows 18sts per repeat. I'd just give it another try, counting sts after every row to make sure the row ends with the correct number. If the pattern looks off, you may need to go back and name the stitches across the row to check for a missing step.

claireweber 02-03-2013 02:25 PM

Thank you Salmon!
So I had decided after a couple of tries to let the four cast on stitches drop off the left needle and Voila! I am on row 5 and it looks to be successful. I am wondering if it may make sense to begin with Row 12 of this pattern stitch. I do love the pattern and am excited because now I will be able to use it. This is a great site! Love, love, love it ♥♥♥

salmonmac 02-03-2013 04:13 PM

I would probably start with a 37st knit row and thne keep repeating the pattern rows 1-12. You can start with a row 12 (after all repeat #2 will follow a row 12) but remember that you'll need 41sts to do a row 12 which will end with 37sts, perfect to start row 1.

claireweber 02-03-2013 04:58 PM

Coral 2
Thank you for your reply. Working on this stitch pattern in between assisting my husband install cabinets in the laundry alcove :cheering: Up to Row 9 now; when I do my actual project my cast on should be a multiple of 18 stitches plus 1 stitch. Does this seem right to you?

salmonmac 02-03-2013 05:15 PM

The pattern stitch instructions give it as a multiple of 18 plus 5. I'm not sure how they figure that.
In order to start row 1 you need to cast on 7sts for the beginning + 18sts for the repeat + 12sts for the end (37sts total). So I would think 7sts + some multiple of 18 + 12sts.
I'd try it out on 2 repeats of the pattern just to see how that works out.
Sounds like you have your hands full!

claireweber 02-04-2013 10:20 AM

Coral 2
I wrote knittingfool and told them specifically about the issue that I had with the instructions showing a multiple of 18 stitches plus 5 stitches. In the email I received I was told to refer to a blog entry, address here:

The blog does not appear to answer the problem, maybe I'm not reading correctly. Will you look at the blog and tell me what you think?

salmonmac 02-04-2013 01:52 PM

Yes, there are shared elements in lace patterns but I'm not sure that helps with the question of the cast on. I'll take another look at the chart when I get home.

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