Help reading a pattern...

Help me please with this pattern I’m confused.
With US 13 needles, cast on 23 sts.
1st Row (wrong side) [K1, p1] twice, [k2, p1] twice, k1, p1, k1, [p1, k2] twice, [p1, k1] twice.
2nd Row K1, p1, k2, p1, wyif, sl 3 sts purlwise, p1, [k2, p1] twice, wyif, sl 3 sts purlwise, p1, k2, p1, k1.
3rd Row [K1, p1] twice, k1, p3, [k1, p1] 3 times, k1, p3, [k1, p1] twice, k1.
4th Row K1, p1, k2, p1, k1, lift yarn strand with right hand needle tip, k1, then take yarn strand over the stitch, k1, p1, [k2, p1] twice, k1, lift yarn strand with right hand needle tip, k1, then take yarn strand over the stitch, k1, p1, k2, p1, k1.
These four rows form the patt and are repeated throughout. Work in patt until piece measures approx. 63in from cast on edge, ending with a 4th row, but leaving suf cient yarn to work the cast off row. Cast off knitwise on wrong side.

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What is confusing you? It’s easier to help if we know where you’re stuck.

Thanks and sorry.

Why are the instructions in brackets?

How do you slip three and then purl, I end up with a long piece of wool on the outside.

The instructions in brackets in this case is the same as ( ) and right outside the the brackets is the number of times you are to repeat for example on row 1 it says [k1, p1] twice that means to k1, p1 k1, p1 only repeat what is inside the brackets. Not sure how to answer your second question so i will leave that to the experts @GrumpyGramma and @salmonmac


What are you making? What part? Can you please tell us the name of the pattern and provide a link? More info is always better because there are thousands of patterns.


We do need to know what you’re working on. Based on your first post the yarn is supposed to be in front of the slipped stitches. It could be a design feature. A link to the pattern would be fantastic. If you can’t do that what is the exact name of the pattern and the designer? We want to help but are stuck. :frowning:

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The strand of yarn on the outside after you slip 3sts with yarn in front is correct. That strand or float is part of the pattern stitch. It seems a bit strange to purl the next stitch with that long strand hanging there but that’s what you do. Don’t pull on the strand to tighten it, just purl the next stitch and carry on with the row.
In row 4 you’ll catch the long strand in a knit stitch.

Likely the Paloma Scarf

These two videos for the butterfly stitch show you the idea of the slip and later the catch of the strand.

Neither is exactly your pattern (you have only one float and you catch it on the knit side) but the idea is there.


Yes it’s the Paloma scarf I’m making!

Thank you for your replies, all very helpful.

It’s a Christmas present for my secret santa!!


What a wonderful gift for your secret Santa. Enjoy making the scarf and post a photo before wrapping it if you have a chance.

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i’ve just started the same pattern but i’m totally confused by " lift yarn strand with right hand needle
tip, k1, then take yarn strand over the stitch" what does this mean?


See the video linked to above at the 3:00 min point. In the video 3 strands are lifted although you only have one strand to lift but the idea is the same. See if that helps.


I still cant figure out row 4

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This is a newer video that may be clearer on this stitch:

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Thank You now I understand. Lena

I can’t figure out row four either. Please help.

Welcome to the forum!
The second video that I linked to above should help with row 4. In the second video at 2:50min, you’ll pick up the strand or strands below that were slipped. In the case of this pattern, you’ll only have one strand to pick up but the way to work that is the same as in the second video.