Need Help

Hi once again, I’m knitting a baby blanket and find myself unable to figure the next few stitches out. Here’s how the pattern reads:
K6, K2 tog, YO, K1, YO, [slip 1, K1, PSSO], * K5, K2 tog, YO, K1, YO, slip 1, K1, PSSO; repeat from * across to last 6 sts, K6.
I have done up to the YO, K1, YO part. I know how to do yarn overs, but what I don’t understand is how to do the stuff in []. When you do a yarn over, you just wrap the yarn over the needle, but don’t knit the next st, right? So, I do YO, K1, YO…what then? Do I knit 1 before I slip 1? I don’t think so, cuz the pattern doesn’t say that. If I slip 1 (as if to knit) then my yarn is in front of the slipped stitch which makes the K1 stitch a P1, right? So, something isn’t right. :?? Can anyone explain this to me? The afghan I’m working on is the Decked In Diamonds from “Our Best Knit Baby Afghans”.
:?? I appreciate any and all help I get.


In this case you’d yarn over and then you would just slip the next stitch. I would interpret this to mean that you’d bring the yarn over all the way to the back as if you [I]were[/I] going to knit the next stitch, because otherwise it would tell you to slip the stitch with the yarn in front. So no, you wouldn’t knit the next stitch, you’d slip it says in the brackets.

Nope, you don’t knit one before you slip one. You are reading the pattern correctly. You don’t want your yarn in front though. Bring it around the needle to where it would be if you were going to knit the stitch.

What I think is weird here, though is that usually when you have instructions in brackets, it tells you immediately after the brackets a number of times to repeat the instructions within the brackets. Usually instructions don’t sit by themselves inside brackets…So does that pattern actually just have those brackets sitting like that? If so, you might want to go to the web site of the publisher of your book and see if there are an errata for the pattern.

Sometimes patterns separate out the steps to a decrease like this. Just another way of writing it.