I've been knitting one week, and I'm so stuck pls help!

Hello everyone, I’m new here, hello!
I’ve been knitting one week, so far I know how to knit, purl, garter, increase and rib :smiley:

I’m working on a jumper and there’s a bit in the pattern I CANNOT get my head around what it wants me to do😫

Here’s what it’s saying:

Row 7. Knit 2
increase 1, knit 5
Repeat from * to * until there are 2 stitches left,
Knit 2. You will have a total of 28 stitch.

(I’m making a jumper BTW, and this is going to be the first row off the rib :slight_smile: xx )

How may stitches do you have from the beginning?

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Hello @engblom!
I have cast on 26 stitches and have done a 1x1 rib stitch up to row 6 :slight_smile:

Something seems to be strange with that pattern, do you have a link to it? Going from 26 to 28 would mean only two increases, which seems to not fit with the row you pasted.

It’s a jumper pattern from We Are Knitters :slight_smile:
So what it’s saying from the top is:

  1. Cast on 26 stitches onto the needles.
  2. Work rows 1 to 6 in 1x1 rib stitch, this means knit 1, purl 1 *
    Repeat until the end of the row and until you reach row 6
  3. Work rows 7 & 8 in Garter keeping in mind the following increases:
    Row 7. Knit 2
    increase 1, knit 5
    Repeat from * to * until there are 2 stitches left,
    Knit 2. You will have a total of 28 stitch.

Thank you again for your help! xx

It looks like there is something missing. That * in step 2 is out of place. I’m thinking it should be:
K2, inc 1, k5, . I.e., you’re inc 1 stitch each in rows 7 & 8.
What’s the pattern name? If it’s a paid for pattern, can you post a picture of the first few lines - from before it has you cast on up to the row following 7 & 8?
Also, did you check if there’s any Errata for that pattern? Maybe find it on Ravelry.com and see if it mentions errata?

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I’m no expert, but it’s certainly feeling weird to me!
Let me post a photo of the pattern, since it’s not online to view:

(the numbers I have circled are (apparently) relevant to the size. So the circled ones are my size :slight_smile:

Ah! That makes sense. You’ll have 30 stitches after row 7. You’ll knit 2, leaving 24. Then you’ll do an increase followed by k6 and repeat till end 24 ÷ 6 = 4. So 4 repeats to the end means 4 increase so 30 total. And yes, those numbers in parenthesis corresponding to size you are making. :wink:


Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

So just to confirm before i go and muck it up, is row 4 a line of knit stitches?
I’m not sure what Knit 2 means? - I am so sorry for asking so many questions!!x

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Knit 2 means knit the next to stitches on your needle. Row 7 has you knit the first 2 stitches before starting into the repeat.
By row 4, do you mean step 4, where it says how to work rows 9 - 50? Yes, that’s garter stitch which means you knit on all rows. And please, don’t apologize! We were all new at some point and even those who’ve been knitting a while still have the occasional question. That’s what this group is here for so ask away! :grin: If you still have questions, please ask.

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You won’t be doing row 4 now, you said you have finished the rib section so you are going to do row 7.

Knit 2 means 2 stitches, not 2 rows.
The instructions rcubed has given refer to numbers of stitches not numbers of rows, it is all row 7, all in one row.

You have circled the instructions for the size you are making so you need to ignore things like “knit 5” and look at what you circled : knit 6.
At the end of this row ignore the part that says “28” you have circled 30 so it reads “you will have a total of 30 stitches”

Make sense?

Its ok to ask questions, I ask lots of questions about everything all the time.

Edited to add… sorry @rcubed I see you replied at the same time. I don’t mean to add confusion. Hopefully more answers means more help

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Sorry everyone, I’m a dunce on this!! :rofl:
I need to brush-up on the lingo as well as the knitting.
Perhaps I should have started with a scarf or something, before diving into a jumper lol :see_no_evil:

Apologies, I didn’t mean 4 - typo!
So to confirm, I knit x2 stitches then I do an increase & K6, then and increase & k6, increase & k6, increase & k6 (so x4 increases and K6) and then complete the row with a knit 2?

I promise I will show you all a pic of this jumper when I finish it in 2084 :joy:


No need to apologize. Your friends are here to help.
What kind of increase are you going to use? It should be one that doesn’t use up a stitch if you’re going to follow the pattern repeat as given (increase, knit 6). A Make one will work here.


No, your size doesn’t end with knit 2. Just have another look at the circles you put in, it reads “repeat until there are zero stitches left. Knit zero”

This is as well as salmonmac’s post above which is about the type of increase which is important.

Just keep asking, you will get the hang of how to read the pattern as you go along and you will probably learn more skills in making a jumper (like how to increase).


Thank you so much salmonmac and @Creations! I’m going to take your kind help and see where I get to. Also, thank you for that tip on the increase to use, I had no clue! :see_no_evil: xx


One other tip you might find helpful: when you come to a stitch description that you don’t know how to do, go to youtube.com and search for a video on how to make that stitch. I have found this to be quite useful.