I’m working on my first project (a baby blanket) which is maybe a little complicated. I’ve had to start over several times as I realized things and I think I once again have to start over unfortunately.
So the problem this time is the number of stitches. The blanket is 120 stitches across (you cast off 119 stitches, and there’s that extra one at the start, so 120). Using stitch markers, I diligently kept track of my 120 row after row without any issues, until the end of the border.
Problems (maybe) started at the end of the last border row. The border is ribbed, so I alternated between rows where each stitch increases by 1 (knit into the front and back of each stitch), and then the next row is k2tog,p2tog. The last border row was a k2tog,p2tog row, except that the pattern reads: “Row 10. Work in ribbed stitch to the last 2 sts, K2.” So for the last 2 stitches left on the needle, instead of doing a k2tog, I did 2 knitted stitches, which increased the breadth of that row to 121.
I knew by the next row I had a problem, but I just couldn’t figure it out and decided to plow ahead instead of asking for help here (big mistake…).
“Row 11: Work in ribbed stitch for 7 sts, place marker, K1, inc 1 by knitting into the front and back of the next stitch, place marker, knit to the last 10 sts, place marker, K3, place marker, work in ribbed stitch for 7 sts. You will have 120 sts.”
All right, so row 11 called for the increasing stitch for the ribbed part. So that meant if I did the ribbed stitch for 7 stitches on the source needle, then that would put 14 stitches on the target needle. And if you do the math… Number of stitches that will end up on the target needle = 121 - 7 + 14 - 7 +14 + 1 - 1 + 2 - 3 + 3 = 137. That’s really, really not close to 120… And now I’ve done several more rows and it looks beautiful (I’m very excited! I am learning…) except I’ve got it looks like 6 extra stitches on the needle and need to start over, but not before I understand what I did wrong…
Please, someone, help?! This is a gift for a very important friend’s baby and I really want to be able to make it by Christmas.