# Help with pattern

Hi all
I’ve just taken up knitting again after many many years. I thought I’d select a pattern aimed at beginners but which had a bit of detail and challenge .
I’m stuck on row one
Next row (RS): k1, sl1 wyif, k1, p2, pm, [(k2, p2, k2, p4) twice, pm] 3 times, (k2, p2) twice, sl1 wyif, k1, sl1 wyi.
It’s the bit in brackets [(k2,p2, k2 ,p4 )twice ,pm] 3 times ,

Does this mean I knit this twice or three times . I just can not figure this out .

That is tricky! How many stitches do you have? It might help to count how many stitches you’ll have between these sets of instructions either end of the row:
k1, sl1 wyif, k1, p2, pm (uses up 5 stitches)
(k2, p2) twice, sl1 wyif, k1, sl1 wyi (uses up 11 stitches)

And see how many repeats of the instructions in brackets that would use the middle stitches up. There will be an easier way of working this out I’m sure, but sometimes you just have to “McGuyver” things!

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Thanks. I’ll give this some thought as there must be some logic in it . Failing this I think I’ll throw the pattern in the bin and try another one, otherwise my new found interest in knitting is going to be short lived .

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Welcome to KnittingHelp!
There is indeed a pattern logic to it.
[(k2, p2, k2, p4) twice, pm] 3 times
Work the sts in the parentheses first then repeat that k2,p2,k2,p4 sequence again. That’s the sts worked twice:
(k2, p2, k2, p4) twice

The go to the brackets […].
[(k2, p2, k2, p4) twice, pm] 3 times
That says repeat the sequence in brackets 3 times.
So (k2, p2, k2, p4) twice, pm; (k2, p2, k2, p4) twice, pm, (k2, p2, k2, p4) twice, pm.

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