Good evening late night knitters…
I’m on a roll with my Cape Mod poncho from Stitch 'N Bich. Turtley-collar went fine (dan the eyelash yarn! Live and learn.) now I’m to the point of increasing. I currently have 48 stitches on my US17 circular needle. The pattern asked that I put a place marker (pm) after stitch 24 so I essentially have the 48 stitches divided in two - one marker indicating where my row begins and one marker showing at the half-way point. One thing- I don’t have the little loops that fit over the needle. Instead I’m using those handy plastic stitch markers made by Clover - I have one on stitch #1 and one on stitch #24. Here is where I’m stuck:
On the next rnd, inc as foll: *K to next marker, M1, sl marker, M1 (this makes 2 sts in the same spot); rep from * once more. Rep these incs every other row until there are 140 sts. You will have made 23 total incs.
Okay - so I understand that I’m to knit stitches #1 through 24 then increase. I understand how to do the first increase (the M1) which adds another stitch to my left needle. What does “sl marker” mean? I think that this means that I need to shift the marker over somewhere to create a diagonal appearance to the poncho (my best guess is that the points of increase will eventually be the front and back of the poncho).
When I attempt to do this I am able to do the first increase but then have NO idea where to pull up a stitch with my right needle to do it again…and I’m not certain where the pm is supposed to go. Is it too complicated to use my stitch markers instead of bona-fide place markers? I could use a twist-tie instead (what I’ve used in the past).
ANY help with this would be greatly appreciated!
Please let me know if you understand all the gobbely-gook I just wrote.