Can't figure out *k1 (m1,k1) four times

Hello! This is my first visit to this site. I am a relatively new knitter. I have made scarves, socks, leggings, and a felted hat. :slight_smile:

I have the book “Itty Bitty Toys” by Susan B. Anderson, and am trying to make the “egg to bluebird and a little nest, too”.

I can’t figure out the round I’ve gotten to. I am knitting on three double pointed needles, which currently each have 5 sts (as they are supposed to). The round I am having trouble with says,

*k1, (m1,k1) four times, repeat from * on each needle (9 sts per needle, 27 sts total).

So what I am doing looks like this: k1, m1, k1, k1, m1, k1, k1. Then I am at the end of that needle and I only have 7 sts, not 9. Can anyone help me by telling me what I’m doing wrong?


You’re probably using a kfb instead of m1 for the increases. KFB uses one of the existing stitches, and M1 adds one between stitches. See the Increases page for how to do M1 increases.

I am using m1. I lift the bar with the left needle, and then knit the bar.

Oh, now I see what you’re doing… the first k1 doesn’t repeat in the 4 times, so you k1, (m1, k1, m1, k1, m1, k1, m1, k1), [I]then [/I]start over from the first one and k1, m1, k1, m1, k1, m1, k1, m1, k1.

Thanks! I’ll do that! it looks like it will bring me to the 9 sts I need. :slight_smile:

Why is it wrong to include the first K1 when then pattern says “repeat from *”?

Thanks for your help!

Oh, never mind! I see what the pattern means. It just means start the next needle at the *.