When working on row 1 I can’t get the 181 stitches to come out right with the pattern.
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The numbers for row 1 work out correctly. Seven sts, an 11stitch repeat, then 9sts. It may help to mark off the edge sts and the repeats with stitch markers or contrasting yarn loops at least for the first few rows.
Remember too, that a yo doesn’t use a stitch. A yo occurs between sts.
Thank you I was counting yo as a stitch.