Help with Sirdar pattern

Hi! I’m new here, having never registered until now, but visited when I was shopping around for interchangeable needles. I’m struggling with a pattern and having seen this forum has a special section for pattern questions, thought I’d post here and see if anyone can help me out. I apologize in advance because I know this is going to be lengthy. Thanks to everyone who takes a look and can offer me any suggestions. Before I get started, let me say I’ve been to my local store where I bought the pattern and yarn, and they too are perplexed. The pattern book is from Sirdar and from a simple search I did, I found other people have had issues with their patterns. I e-mailed them directly and got no response other than an automated “thank you for your e-mail … we’ll get back to you.” Onto the problem at hand.

I have 71 stitches. I have 12 rows that set the pattern. In the first row of this pattern, the instructions state: K1, pick up loop between last and next st and work into the back of this loop (this will now be referred to as m1). At the end of this row, it again tells me to m1. That said, and now this is where I’m stuck, the instructions continue as follows: Keeping continuity of patt as set (throughout) proceed as follows: Work 25 rows inc 1 st at each end of 1st and every foll 12th row, working inc sts in patt. At this point I’m to have 77 stitches.

In my mind, I will have to go through my 12 row pattern twice, plus one additional 1st row for a total of 25 rows. I also take this to mean that my increases (the inc 1 st at each end of 1st and every foll 12th row) will always be done in the 1st row of the pattern because after the 1st row, every foll 12th row will be the 1st row. Correct? That means I will have three rows in which I will have done the increases. Two increases in each row times three rows puts me from 71 to 77 stitches, which is what I should have. BUT … if I do that AND do the m1 as the instructions for row 1 tell me, that will give me 83 stitches instead of 77. Do you think where the instructions tell me to “inc 1 st at each of 1st and every foll 12th row, working inc sts in pattern”, they are really talking about the m1 already there???

My final problem is this: At the end of row 1 it states: *k5, yfwd, s1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, rep from * to last 1, m1, k1. When I did this the first time, while I was making my original 12 rows that set the pattern, this came out fine. But now that I’m doing it the second time as part of the 25 rows, it doesn’t come out at the end. I believe I have 5 stitches left. And it’s obvious the “holes” in the pattern aren’t lining up. Should I just knit those to the last 1, then m1, k1? But shouldn’t the holes in the pattern line up?

I’m so sorry this was so long. I’m just so frustrated. I’m making this for my daughter and it’s the third one I’ve tried with no success. The first two were crochet patterns, but I got stuck on those too. That’s when I decided to stick with what I know (!?!?) – knitting – and get a knitting pattern. Plus, I thought that way if I ran into problems, I could go back to my local yarn store for help. As I stated earlier, they’re stuck too. Quite honestly, I’m a little frustrated they would even sell me this book. From what I’ve read on this forum, the British have a different way of saying some things than we do, and that’s fine, I’m in no way bashing the British, but I would have thought my local store would have known this and cautioned me before suggesting I buy this book.

Hope someone can help.

What are you making and do you have a link to the pattern?

The pattern is in a book, so no, I don’t have a link. As far as what it is, it’s a “shrug” I would call it. A very short sleeved sweater to wear over something. It ties in the front at the bottom.

Does it have a Ravelry link ?

I also take this to mean that my increases (the inc 1 st at each end of 1st and every foll 12th row) will always be done in the 1st row of the pattern because after the 1st row, every foll 12th row will be the 1st row. Correct?

I think so. You’re correct that if you inc 2 sts on 3 inc rows, you get an inc of 6 sts. The m1 is not part of the pattern, they’re just explaining it to you on the first inc row, so you’re not adding 12 sts, just 6. The pattern was set before you began the inc rows

Now you know that when you add the sts, you don’t start the pattern repeat with the same st you did before you increased. That’s what ‘keep the continuity of the pattern’ means. So after the first inc row you would probably just leave them in stockinette, knit them on the RS rows. That should keep the pattern sts inside the increases.

Thank you for your help. I think I understand now.