# HELP - Keeping pattern correct, increase stitches

Hi

I’m working a pattern that consists of 12 rows.

Each row tells me what to knit (and purl) for the 51 stitches on my needle. To keep the pattern correct, all I need to do is keep repeating these 12 rows.

HOWEVER, I now need to “increase 1 stitch at each end of next and every following alternate row”, keeping the pattern correct and “working the increased stitches into the pattern”.

If my 12 rows of pattern only allow for the 51 stitches on my needle, how do I “keep the pattern correct” when the stitches on the needle increase???

ie. 1st row = K3,P3,K3,P3
2nd Row = P3,K3,P3,K3

If I increase 1 stitch at each end of Row 1, when I then do Row 2 and start to P3, the knits and purls won’t be correct. (the pattern then changes again).

Maybe I’m being thick and missing something! Can you help?

Work the increases as p1 or k1 at the edge the first time. The second time you increase, you’ll have a p2 or a k2 at the edgge and then on the third increase, you’ll be back to p3 or k3.
What the instructions want you to do is look at your rib pattern, keep the sts in that rib pattern and work the increases into the pattern as you can.

You can add your new stitch in pattern. For instance if the row begins as k3, increase by doing a p1,k1 into the first stitch. Now you have p1, k3, p3 across. It will end on a p3, so in the last stitch increase by doing a p1, k1 into the last stitch. Now at the end you have p3, k1.

Increase each time adding the stitches you need in pattern and you will have like p1, k3, p3, k3 p3, k1. At first then p2, k3, p3, k3, p3, k2. Then the next time you will have K3, p3 all across, then repeat the process.

I, too, have a similar problem/question. I am working a sweater in a mock cable pattern. The instructions state inc. 1 st. each side of marker (circ needles) 20 times. How do I stay in my mock cable pattern after inc. stitches?? Also, when decreasing stitches or binding off stitches and stay in pattern?

This is the first ‘intermediate’ sweater pattern for me and I’m CONFUSED!

I, too, have a similar problem/question. I am working a sweater in a mock cable pattern. The instructions state inc. 1 st. each side of marker (circ needles) 20 times. How do I stay in my mock cable pattern after inc. stitches?? Also, when decreasing stitches or binding off stitches and stay in pattern?

What pattern is it? If we have the name maybe we can find a picture and see what it is you are making at least or find the pattern. You need to give a little more information. What is your set up like and where are the increases and what kind of mock cable are you doing? A few rows of the pattern that gives the set up to how to do the cables and then how they want you to increase would help us answer this.

Yes, the pattern information would help with a specific answer. In general though, the answer is similar to the above rib pattern with increases (or decreases). Keep the pattern in place so that the cables continue up the sweater. Add on the extra sts at the edges and incorporate them into the pattern when you can. For decreases, you may have to break into one of the cables, but just continue the pattern sts without the cable. It may help to look at a store-bought sweater with ribs or cables to see how the cables disappear at the edges or into the neckline. Binding off in pattern is a matter of knitting the V’s, purling the bumps, and often in the case of cables, knitting two sts together over the cable as you bind off.