Newbie reading a pattern

Sorry, kind of new to pattern reading… Under the first part of the directions I’m not sure what they mean by “*k3” when they write
P2, *k3, p2

I know that usually there are repeat instructions when you see a *, but I didn’t know how to interpret a *k with no other instructions.

Directions:
Using Long-tail cast on, cast on 7 sts
Begin set-up rows:

  1. K2tog, yo, k5.
  2. P2, *k3, p2
  3. K4, k2tog, yo, k1
    Now continue on with row 4 – 16 of the Pattern Rows below.

You should have 7 sts and doing P2, k3, p2 uses 7 sts so the * seems totally out of place. What’s the name of your pattern and can you link to it?

Welcome to KnittingHelp!
Does the asterisk appear anywhere later in the pattern? The second asterisk is often quite close to the first but perhaps not in this case.

Here’s the pattern

On row 2 ignore the *. On later lines you’re to cast on more stitches which requires you to repeat and it specifies what to repeat.

ETA You’ll pick up on row 4 in the section below.

Found it on Ravelry. I tried a few rows and decided I should probably knit this. I saw the pictures, Now I have to. Thank you!

I’m not really into this particular style of scarves/wraps but I really like this one. Thanks for sharing!

Might even knit one.