Knitting/Brackets in knitting
I am a beginner (but improving!) knitter. I am stumped with these instructions and the use of brackets and would really appreciate your help. I am knitting a 2nd size baby jacket and and realise that I am working from the 1st numbers within all brackets.
The instructions say:
Thank you very much for your time.
No wonder as a beginner you were puzzled. I had to read it 5 or 6 times before I got it.
p4[5:6:2:5] means purl 4 for the smallest size, purl 5 for the size you want.
p2tog means purl 2 stitches together 1 time for all sizes
(p5 [4:6:6:6:5] , p2tog) 7 [9:7:9:9:11] times means p5-p2tog 7 times and purl the last 3 stitches for the smallest size.
for your size it would be p5, p2tog once and then p4-p2tog 9 times and then purl the last 5.
The smallest size would have 50 stitches
The size you want would have 56 stitches.
I make a "working copy" for anything I knit. When I have a pattern like this I take the "working copy" of it and cross out what I don't need or circle the numbers I do need. I can make notes or tally marks on this sheet also. As long as you are the only person using the "working copy" you are not breaking copywriter laws. I keep my working sheets for future reference (date, who I made it for, etc.)