# Deciphering this free pattern!

Hi,
I’ve been knitting for a little while now, doing relatively simple things like scarves, booties, and I even did a baby blanket. So, not a beginner, but I’m having trouble figuring out this pattern I got for free:

http://www.redheart.com/Libraries/ProductDocuments/954/WR1938.pdf
(I’ll post specifics in case anyone has trouble viewing the pattern).

I am working on the Left Front, and have completed Row 7. My questions are on

“Set up pattern (RS): Background pattern on next 34 sts, Puff Stitch pattern on next 8 sts, Ensign Braid on next 20
sts, Puff Stitch on next 8 sts, Background pattern on next
16 sts. Work in pattern as established for 13”, ending with
a WS row.”

The Background on the 1st row is Knit all the way, so I knit for the first 34 stitches (is this correct?). Then for the Puff Stitch it says :
“Row 1 (RS): P2, [(k1, p1) twice in next st creating 4 sts],
p2, k1, p2.”

What do I do for the part in parentheses and then the brackets? And what does it mean to k1,p1 twice in the next stitch? Am I increasing stitches from just one stitch here?

The Background on the 1st row is Knit all the way, so I knit for the first 34 stitches (is this correct?).

Yes, on the first row you just knit over those 34.

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Row 1 (RS): P2, [(k1, p1) twice in next st creating 4 sts],
p2, k1, p2."

This is the first row of the puff st. It is a 12 row repeat over only 8 stitches. The part in the brackets and parenthesis mean to work a K1, P1, K1, P1 all into the next stitch. So you have the P2 (2sts), this (K1, P1) twice into the next stitch (1 more- total now 3), P2 (total now 5), K1 (6 total), P2 (those are the last of the 8).

You are right, you are increasing 1 stitch to 4 with that increase.

For the whole left front you repeat the 4 rows of background over the first 34 sts, the 12 rows of puff stitch over the 8 sts, the 12 rows of Ensign braid over the 20 sts, then the 12 rows of the puff stitch again over the next 8 sts and the final 16 stitches will be the 4 rows of background stitch. It is quite a lot to keep track of. Keep careful track of where you are in each pattern repeat and you will be okay.

Looks like kind of a fun thing to knit.

Thanks a lot! Sometimes I just need a little guidance and then I’m good to go. I see this is not one I should do when I’m tired!