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« on: June 13, 2010 05:31:41 PM »

i'm trying to knit a scarf for a swap partner, it's a lace type scarf. i knit 3/4 of it, messed up, took it out and started over again. problem is, i can't start it again!!! I keep losing 2 stitches when I do this:
k1,yo,k1,ssk,p1,k2tog,k1,p1,k2kpo,yo,k3,yo

It's my first time doing s2kpo, and i understand it- but that's definetly where i'm losing the 2 stitches- what the heck do you think i'm doing wrong? i've started it like 10 times over, and it happens in the same spot every time.
I'm slipping 2 stitches, knitting one, then passing the 2 slipped stitches over the knitted one. am i doing it wrong?!

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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2010 06:06:27 PM »

k1,yo,k1,ssk,p1,k2tog,k1,p1,k2kpo,yo,k3,yo

In most lace patterns, anytime you do a decrease you'll have a yarn over so that the number of stitches remains constant. Ssk and k2tog only result in a 1 stitch decrease but s2kpo results in 2.

If you're doing a s2kpo in the pattern above (don't see it but might just be a typo Smiley) then you're decreasing a total of 4 but only doing 3 yarn overs.

Your description of how you're doing a s2kpo sounds right on.
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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2010 06:40:05 PM »

this is the exact row, i didn't write it all out for some reason haha

k2 edge sts, k1, yo, k1, ssk, p1, k2tog, k1, p1, s2kpo, yo, k3, yo, k1, yo, k1, ssk, p1, k2tog, k1, p1, s2kpo, yo, k3, yo, k3.

i know i'm doing something wrong because i knit it fine the first 3/4 of it, then this happened and now i can't even start it again, haha.

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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2010 06:58:32 PM »

Hmmm...the pattern as written is going to leave you with 2 fewer stitches than you started with. See the math below...

6 yo = +6
2 ssk = -2
2 k2tog = -2
2 s2kpo = -4
-2 stitches

Do you have a link or picture of what the lace pattern should look like? You might be missing a couple yo's somewhere.
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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2010 07:29:56 PM »

ahh, that makes sense then haha.
this is the pattern: http://yummyyarn.indus3ous.com/archives/2005/09/liesel.html

now i gotta figure out where to put the yo's  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2010 08:18:36 PM »

Notice in the chart that row 3 has two "no stitch" spaces, so you are supposed to "lose" two stitches in that row, you add them back in row 5.
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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2010 09:38:55 PM »

It looks as though you may have been working the pattern correctly all along Smiley.

It's a beautiful scarf, thatkid! I can't wait to see how it turns out. I'm sure your partner will be overjoyed to receive it.
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« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2010 03:24:00 AM »

wow haha, thanks guys! i kept counting the stitches and saw that i lost 2 and freaked out and kept un-doing it all haha. i think i can do this  Smiley

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