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    Hi everyone,

    Hope someone can help me. I'm just finishing off my hat whic is having a flower decoration. I have only got as far as casting on so far. First 2 rows look pretty straighforward (meaning I believe I understand what the pattern is asking me to do). The 3rd row is a bit confusing for me.

    K2tog, drop first yrn, (knit into front and back) twice of rem yrn, k1.

    Obviously I can manage the k2tog at the beginning and the k1 at the end. The rest I just don't get. I don't know what is the frist yrn that I am dropping or where I'm dropping it to! It's not like I have 2 colours of yarn on my needle. It is after this row that I then join in the 2nd colour and do what I would now deem to be incredibly easy knitting.

    Please help.
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  • #2
    I wonder if it is referring to the K2 tog. stitches which are still on the needle because you have not flipped them off yet? Very strange way to put it though. So you start with three stitches and end up with four, is that right.
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    • #3
      Oh I see so I could K2 tog and keep on left needle and drop the first stitch then from that needle so it is not on any needle perhaps and then knit into front and back of the stitch that is still on the needle perhaps.

      I think I am going to have to do some maths as for some reason at this point in the pattern it doesn't tell me how many stitches I'm supposed to end up with and rows 2 and 3 seem to possibly lose or gain stitches somewhere. All I've worked out so far from that point of view is that I know I have 19 sts at end of 4th row, and would start with 38. I cast on 68 so I am supposed to lose 30 sts along the way somewhere.
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      • #4
        Oh, I see. Well thats not the answer then as you will be increasing your stitches not decreasing them. Are you using two wools in this design, like different colours?
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        • #5
          I start with one colour then after the 3rd row I then swap to a different colour. I have a sneaky feeling that I am losing those 30 sts in the 2nd row so probably don't want to lose any or gain any in the 3rd row. I will have to start knitting, but that'll have to wait til tea break. row 1 is easy being a purl row!
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          • #6
            Whats the 2nd row - might help us to picture it a bit better? To me, looking at the 3rd row it would be something like k1, yrn twice, k2 ??
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            • #7
              Do the yrns appear in Row 2 and can you put a pick up of the finished flower from the pattern? That would make it easier to follow
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              • #8
                row 2 is: P2, *p1, slip st back yo left needle, lift next 8 sts on left needle over this st and off needle, (yrn) twice, p first st again, p 2

                I ended up with 32 sts.

                So do you now think that I then drop the first loopy yarn bit that I come to from row 2?
                Then do this twice (so I've basically knitted that st 4 times in total?)



                Mathematically (good thing to do maths after coming out of the pub at lunchtime) that would me I lose 1 st (k2tog) and lose another one by dropping it then gain 3 from k1 front & back so in total gain 1. That would work. I have 6 petals. I need 6 extra sts.

                I'll need 38 for row 4 to work.

                http://www.sirdar.co.uk/designs/babi...tiesmitts/1742 it's the flower on the hat at the top left.

                Am I making any sense?
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                • #9
                  so looking at this you'll have at the end of row 2: P2, * P1, yrn twice, P1 * (repeated x number of times), P2

                  So yes, drop the first loop (yrn) on the needle and then knit into the front and back of the next loop twice creating 4 stitches.

                  The reason you have done yrn twice on the previous row is to allow you a longer length of yarn on row 3 (once you've dropped the first yrn) in order to create your 4 stitches.

                  Hope that makes sense
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                  • #10
                    Thanks I'll have to have a go at it later.
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