# Knitting Pattern Question!

Hi! I am new member of this forum.

I’ve just started to make a hairband. (Its called “ropes and ladders hair Head band” - Book reference “Knitting 24/7” by Veronik Avery)

I could follow the chart that mentioned on the book to make the half part of hairband, but I don’t know how to continue because I could not understand the meaning of the pattern.

CO22 sts and follow the Chart until piece measures 4 1/4. This part is half of the band. The chart is only row1 to row4 repeat again and again(row1 and row3 is RW, row2 and row 4 is WS) then ending with a WS row.

After that suppose to decrease to make “shape headband” part as follows,

Decrease Row 1 (RS): Decrease 2 sts this row, then every other row twice, as follows: Work 7 sts, ssp, work to last 9 sts, p2tog, work to end—16 sts.
Work even for 1 row.

I don’t understand this mean… because the chart has row 1 to row 4, then I just count how many I need to decrease total, but seems doesn’t make sense.

1. Decrease 2 sts this row - this mean I need to decrease 2 sts for row 1 of the chart?
2. then every other row twice - this “every other” mean row 2 to row 4 of the chart? but if so, the total decrease are 6 sts here then doesn’t make sense.
Decrease 2 sts * 3 times(row2,3,4) = 6 sts decrease but at the first I need to decrease 2 sts on the row 1…then total 8 sts decrease??

I’m really lost…if someone have same book or if someone can understand this meaning please help me out!

Thank you so much for reading.

The pattern is telling you to decrease every other row, meaning decrease on row 1, 3 and again on a row 1. That gives you the total of 6sts decreased and 16sts left on the needles. So it goes like this:
Row 1 decrease 2sts
Row 2 work even (work the sts without decreasing)
Row 3 decrease 2sts
Row 4 work even
Row 1 decrease 2sts
Good luck with it. It would be great to see a picture of the finished headband!

salmonmac

Thank you so much for your advice! I had no idea to non-decrease for row 2 and row 4. I thought long time many of posibility about this issue. If you don’t know how to do, it is just difficult…

Do you have a same book of mine or this is general rule for the knitting? Me, I am quite beginner(Normally I do more crochet) then I need to learn ton of things for knitting, but I love knitting like crochet. It is very fun to make different stitches, very beautiful.

“…every other row…” is a common direction in knitting patterns Sometimes the pattern will say “…on alternate rows…” and that means the same thing: do something (an increase, a decrease, etc.) on one row1, skip row2, do something on row3, skip row4 and so on. Enjoy your knitting and crocheting!

salmonmac

Sorry but I have another question.

Row 1 decrease 2sts
Row 2 work even (work the sts without decreasing)
Row 3 decrease 2sts
Row 4 work even
Row 1 decrease 2sts

I just notice when I work for Row2 and Row4, when I follow the chart but the chart only mentioned 22sts on the book.
Then this mean I need to make 20 st on first Row 2 ( because of Row1) but because of the chart, I don’t know how to knit,each part have different stitch pattern so.
which stitch I can erase, or just calculate by myself from the Row1?
I mean,

Decrease Row 1 (RS): Decrease 2 sts this row, then every other row twice, as follows: Work 7 sts, ssp, work to last 9 sts, p2tog, work to end—16 sts.
Work even for 1 row.

¨Work 7 sts, ssp, work to last 9 sts, p2tog, work to end¨
This influence for Row2 because the row2 on the chart?
I mean, each row have different stitch pattern so I am not sure how to follow.

Look at the directions and see if they tell you anything helpful about the pattern you should be working during and after the decreases. Do you keep to the pattern in the chart or do you change to another pattern or to plain knitting or purling or stockinette? See if the picture is any help. If there are no directions, look at your sts and continue the pattern, working the decreases into the pattern as best you can.

Because you decreased sts on row 1, you don’t have the 22 sts, so when you work the chart on row 2 you begin with the 2nd st of the chart and end 1 st short. Then you decrease on row 3 again and start the chart on the 3rd st, and so on.

Salmonmac, suzeeq

Thank you so much for the advice. Unfortunately there are no another pattern or other info on the pattern.

But because of the picture of the headband, even not really clear but I think center part are decreasing. Looks not for the side as suzeeq mentioned because side is nothing changed on the pic. I can not imagine this pattern how become with this pic…

Just not mentioned on the pattern how…I will try to make this anyway. I might come back here though…lol

Because of you guys helping, much better than before.

Thank you so much.

Yes, the decreases are 7sts in from the edges and the cast on is only 22sts. I think you’re going to have to look at the pattern and see the best way to work the decreases into it. Sometimes you’re just forced to be creative with patterns!