# Elongated Chevron - I don't understand

This is the first time I’ve ever been stumped on a pattern that is a simple purl and knit sequence.
The link for the pattern is at - http://knitting.about.com/od/stitchglossary/g/elong-chevron.htm - but I’ve copied and pasted the pattern into this post.

It is the elongated chevron pattern - and it is made as follows:
[B][U]Pattern[/U][/B]
Multiple of 18 + 1
Row 1: Purl 1, *(knit 2, purl 2) twice, knit 1, (purl 2, knit 2) twice), purl 1. Repeat from * across.

Row 2: Knit 1, *(purl 2, knit 2) twice, purl 1, (knit 2, purl 2) twice, knit 1. Repeat from * across.

Row 3: Repeat row 1.

Row 4: Repeat row 2.

Row 5: (Purl 2, knit 2) twice, *purl 3, knit 2, purl 2, knit 2. Repeat from * to last two stitches, purl 2.

Row 6: (Knit 2, purl 2) twice, *knit 3, purl 2, knit 2, purl 2. Repeat from * to last two stitches, knit 2.

Row 7: Repeat row 5.

Row 8: Repeat row 6.

Row 9: Repeat row 2.

Row 10: Repeat row 1.

Row 11: Rep Row 2.

Row 12: Rep Row 1.

Row 13: Rep Row 6.

Row 14: Rep Row 5.

Row 15: Rep Row 6.

Row 16: Rep Row 5.

I look at Row 1, which says -
Row 1: Purl 1, *(knit 2, purl 2) twice, knit 1, (purl 2, knit 2) twice), purl 1. Repeat from * across.

and then Row 5 -
Row 5: (Purl 2, knit 2) twice, *purl 3, knit 2, purl 2, knit 2. Repeat from * to last two stitches, purl 2.

and since this is worked over a multiple of 18 + 1, why is it that Row 1, when worked, adds up to a total of 37 stitches (which makes sense) but Row 5, when worked, adds up to only 28 stitches??? I don’t get it.

If its multiple of 18 + 1, casting on 37 stitches would be correct, but when I hit row 5, I’ll be left with 9 stitches. What am I missing here?

I’m looking to make a scarf for a relative, simple enough…but I can’t figure out this pattern:(

No, it works.

If you cast on 37, you do the repeat in Row 1 twice, right? When you get to Row 5, you do the repeat 3 times. You’ve got 8 stitches (p2, k2), the repeat 3 times (9x3=27), and 2 purls = 37.

I would’ve never assumed that the pattern, when it gets to Row 5, meant to repeat the stitches within the *'s 3 times. I hope it works:) I will try it out and see if it comes out like the pattern. I’ll provide an update some time this evening or tomorrow morning.

Thank you so much for helping me!

*purl 3, knit 2, purl 2, knit 2. Repeat from * to last two stitches, purl 2.

That part means repeat as many times as you need to get to the last 2 sts. Rows 1 and 2 have a different combination of stitches, so the repeat is done a different number of times.