Ok, part of the problem is that I don't know if I'm reading the chart correctly, so I need to either CO 5 st at the end of Row 3 or at the beginning of Row 3...
So let me start over: I am TRYING to work the Backyard Leaves scarf from Scarf Syle. I am TRYING to get over my anti-chartness with this pattern, but it's been a difficult task. It isn't a normal square/rectangular chart because the pattern requires a different stitch count on each row. So the chart literally looks like a leaf.
Question 1: Starts with CO 10, then work set up row. Do I read this row left to right, or right to left? It is a WS row, so I would assume left to right. However, I kind of thought the purpose of charts was to show the stitches in relation to other stitches, and it doesn't seem to want to read that way if I try to read left to right. Set up row ends with 10 st., Row 1 has 12 st as a result of 2 yo's. In the chart, Row 1 is aligned with the set up row on the left side and hangs over set up row by 2 st. on the right side. Because of this, my head wants to read the Set up Row from right to left, and then read Row 1 from left to right.
Question 2: If my head is correct in reading the chart and I read my RS rows from left to right, when I get to row 3, I'm supposed to start by casting on 5 stitches. What is the best method for this?....Of course if I'm just reading the chart backwards and I CO 5 at the end of the row, I can handle that and you can just ignore this question.
Ugh. I know I'm making this harder than it needs to be.