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QUESTION: Here is my pattern for 1st row:  (RS) k1. *k6, yfwd, sl1, k1, passp, k1, k2TOG, yfwd.  Rep from * to last 7 sts. k7.

After I complete this pattern across the row, I end up with 11 stiches decreased.  I should not be decreasing stiches in the row.  HELP!

ANSWER: Hello Kay,

Yes, you are decreasing stitches in this row. During each repeat * to *, you are decreasing by two stitches.

Are you sure you are not suppose to be decreasing in this row? Because it is written in the proper way that you would decrease in a knitting pattern.

Sorry to say, but there isn't much more I can help you with without seeing the whole pattern.

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QUESTION: THANK YOU SO MUCH.  Here is the rest of pattern:
2nd & alt rows: Purl
3rd row:  k1, *kt, yfwd, sl1, k2tog, psso,yfwd, k1. Rep from * to last 7 sts. K7.
5th row: as 1st row
7th row: As 3rd row.
9th row: as 1st row.
11th row: k1, *C6f, k1, yfwd, sl1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k1. Rep from * to last 7sts. C6f. K1.
12th row: as 2nd row.
These 12 rows form pat.
I started with 118 stitches and should end with 118.

I see what the problem is. The 'yfwd' in this pattern means 'yarn over'. I had forgotten that some patterns use the 'yfwd' in pace of 'yo'. So you will make a new stitch before and after your decreases, creating a lovely lace pattern. Here is a good video on doing the 'yarn over' in case you need it:


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