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QUESTION: Hello
Please explain what "a number of stitches that's equal to a multiple of 4 plus 2 mean".
Ex. gauge is 8 sts equals 4"
To knit Box Stitch when Knitting Flat, you need a number of stitches thatís equal to a multiple of 4 plus 2:
Rows 1 and 4:†*K2, P2, repeat from * to last 2 sts, K2.
Rows 2 and 3:†*P2, K2, repeat from * to last 2 sts, P2.
Repeat these 4 rows for the pattern.
Thank you B.

ANSWER: A multiple of 4 plus 2 would be

10 x 4 = 40 + 2 = 42

or 22 x 4 = 88 + 2 = 90
and so on.  

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QUESTION: Is it any number that will muiltply by 4, 4 times? Don't really understand it.

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8 stitches equals 4 inches.

Let's say you want 36 inches wide.  You would need 72 stitches.
8 stitches = 4 inches
16 stitches = 8 inches
24 stitches = 12 inches
32 stitches = 16 inches
40 stitches = 20 inches
48 stitches = 24 inches
56 stitches = 28 inches
64 stitches = 32 inches
72 stitches = 36 inches  and so on.  

for the pattern you would need 18 pattern repeats (18 x 4 = 72) plus 2  so you would cast on 74 stitches and you work will be about 36 inches wide.  



you could also divide 72 by 4 = 18 plus 2 to make the pattern work.

You can take any number (the number of pattern repeats ) multiply it times 4 and add 2 to get the number of stitches you need to cast on.  

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