Help with yarn forward

I know this sounds simple, but I have tried this pattern at least 15 times and I always end up short stitches. My question is this…in the pattern p1, p2tog, p5, yf, (k1, yf, p5, p3tog, p5, yf) twice, k1, yf, p5, p2tog, p1…the yf has me stumped. When I p5 the yarn is already forward shrug, so what do they mean? I start out with 45 stitches in purl…then the next row is the above pattern and when I’m done I am always 3 stitches short. Please help…I really love this project and I’m stumped.

I’m just wondering if there is a typo and it should be a yo, seems like you’re decreasing stitches, but not doing an increase anywhere to keep the same amount of stitches. What pattern is it anyway?

I think there needs to be secret decoder rings for some of these patterns… They could put them in the center of the skein… so instead of searching for the other end of the yarn, you could wiggle around in there for the ring… like we used to do in cracker jacks or cereal… only less messy :roflhard:

On a side note, I am happy to announce that I dug through my box of corn pops and found a light saber spoon… :happydance: Now I just have to buy more boxes to get all the colors :shock:

I think I found an explanation:

http://www.keyboardbiologist.net/Techniques/YarnForwardKnit.htm

Hmm … :thinking: My thoughts in [color=red]red[/color]…
p1, p2tog, p5, yf [color=red] wrap the yarn up & over the needle and back to a purl position. [/color], (k1, yf [color=red] I think this extraneous :?? since you’re about to purl anyway…UNLESS they really mean YO, in which case, you’d do a complete wrap around the needle ending ready for purl [/color], p5, p3tog, p5, yf [color=red] up&over and back to purl position [/color]) twice, k1, yf [color=red] up&over and back to purl position. [/color], p5, p2tog, p1

Anyone else care to chime in ??

What pattern are you working? Is it online?

Although YF and YO are NOT the same thing, some pattern writers still think they are interchangable. In addition, in some countries, yf IS a yarn over.

I’d bet money that this should be a YO, seeing as you’re coming up short on stitches. A yf before a knit will create a yarn over anyway. A yf before a purl will NOT create a yarn over. There are 3 of those in this pattern repeat, hence the 3 stitch shortage for the next row.

Thanks for everyones help. At about midnight last night I figured out the pattern. It is indeed a yo, but it is already in place after the purl and before the knit. Thanks again for all of your help. :XX: :thumbsup:

It is in a pattern book I got at the library. “Easy Knitted Accessories” project #23 A Cute Casual Bag.