# Increase do I count it

Hello all, I finished my other dog sweater with all of you all’s help, thanks so much! I am now making another one called Bright Stripes in the Leisure Arts book dog gone cute. I am working row three in the striping pattern and it says to increase this row and 8 more rows. I have to increase one at the beginning and end of each row. The pattern is

3rd row k4, *p1, k5, rep from * to last 4 sts. Pl, K3
4th row p4 *k1, p5, rep from * to last 4 sts, k1, p3

My question is when you make your increase between 2nd and 3rd stitch do you count this as a knit in the k4. Same on the next row do I count the increase as a purl in the p4. Thanks!

I’d suggest working the increase in the first and last stitch of the increase rows.

To keep it the simplest, work the new stitches in pattern on the next row. Imagine that the pattern is expanding outward.

After your increase, the following row would be

p5, k1, p5, k1. . . . k1, p5

On the next increased row, you’d work the following row as

k1, p5, k1, p5. . . .k1 p5, k1

The pattern will expand outward at each end. Am I being clear enough?

Yes I understand completely, thanks!

Hello there, I did as you said but the end of the row comes out with too many stitches. I want to ask first when it says to increase on each end of the needles does that mean on the same row or just once a row? I may not need any more help with with based on your answer.

You want the increases at the end of each row so the pattern will widen evenly.

When the directions say “to last 4 sts, k1, p3” they would now have to be worked to last 5 stitches, k1, p4.

When you get to the point when you’ve got 5 stitches at the end, you’ll work a k1 and continue with purls for the subsequent increases.

The beginning of the row is the same except that you’ll start with more stitches and throw in a knit when there are 5 purls to knit

Thanks again! I guess it’s the same as the other one I made, you have to make your own pattern because it doesn’t tell you everything.