# 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.

I have the book â€śItty Bitty Toysâ€ť by Susan B. Anderson, and am trying to make the â€śegg to bluebird and a little nest, tooâ€ť.

I canâ€™t figure out the round Iâ€™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 Iâ€™m doing wrong?

Thanks.

Youâ€™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 youâ€™re doingâ€¦ the first k1 doesnâ€™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! Iâ€™ll do that! it looks like it will bring me to the 9 sts I need.

Why is it wrong to include the first K1 when then pattern says â€śrepeat from *â€ť?