Novice knitter, need help!

Hi, I just started knitting and I have a few questions.

  1. If the pattern calls for six rows do I stop on the 5th since the stitches on the needles are also a row??
  2. Should I count the cast ons as a row?
  3. Will someone explain the pattern to me? The next step is making the eyelets and I don’t understand what it says.

TIA,
Ana

The CO isn’t considered a row and the sts on your needle got there on the 5th row, they won’t be the 6th one until you knit another row. Eyelets are usually done in a pattern of yo, k2tog. To yo, wrap the yarn around the needle as if you were knitting a stitch, then put your needle into the next 2 sts as if it was just one stitch and pull the yarn through both stitches.

If you can tell us the name of your pattern that helps a lot, then we can see it or a picture and help you further.

Hi and welcome to KH and to knitting!
Every time you work across the stitches on the needle counts as a row. So if the pattern calls for 6 rows, work 6 rows including the last row worked. It may help to use a row counter or a paper and pencil to make sure you’re keeping track.
Some patterns and videos count the cast on as a row, but I usually don’t. I think that’s fairly common practice.
Post the row instructions for the eyelets (and the pattern name and a link if possible) and someone is sure to be able to help. There are great videos at the top of the page for many techniques including yarn overs and k2tog which are commonly used in making eyelets.

This is the pattern I’m following. I’m am doing the medium size

I understand the YO & K2tog I just don’t understand her instructions.
Here is the eyelet instructions-

“Eyelet round: K2, P1 K2, YO, K2tog, K1, P1 to last 3 stitches; K2 YO; at the end of the eyelet round you will K2tog with the final stitch of this round and the first stitch of the next round to achieve the correct number of stitches. You will need to move the stitch marker to between the YO and the K2tog stitch, making the final YO the last stitch of the eyelet round and the K2tog the first the first stitch of the next round.”

What do the asterisks mean? Does it mean repeat?

Thank you for being very helpful. :slight_smile:

That’s it exactly. Repeat the instuctions between the asterisks. It’s a little knitting shorthand.

So I repeat until I have 3 stitches left? Then I K2 YO wouldn’t that use up the last 3 stitches of the round? I just don’t understand the sentence after that. How can I K2tog if I already did the the last 3 stitches of the round? I’m totally confused.

A yo doesn’t use a stitch, it’s just wrapping the yarn around the needle. When you work the first st on the next round that anchors the yo.

Oh, the videos didn’t really explain that. Now I get it. Thanks so much. :slight_smile:

Yes, most videos or instructions are kind of vague on how to do YOs. They never use a stitch, just add a new one between stitches.

Ok so I just finished the round and did a normal K2 P1 as the pattern calls for. When I finished that round it ended in a knit not a purl is that ok? Should I just keep going on to the next round and purl?

You come to the end the eyelet round at the last 3 sts: knit 2 together, yo (that uses 2 of the 3 sts) and then knit together the third stitch with the first st of the next round. The instructions tell you where to reset the marker for the next instructions

“Eyelet round: K2, P1 K2, YO, K2tog, K1, P1 to last [U]3 stitches; K2 YO; at the end of the eyelet round you will K2tog with the final stitch of this round and the first stitch of the next round [/U]to achieve the correct number of stitches. You will need to move the stitch marker to between the YO and the K2tog stitch, making the final YO the last stitch of the eyelet round and the K2tog the first the first stitch of the next round.”

Thanks, now it says to K2 P1 for the next few rounds. When I made the first round I ended in a knit not a purl. So I’m not sure whether to just start the next round in a purl or not?

The last st of the round was knit together with the first of the next round and the st marker moved. If the pattern says begin k2p1, then that’s what you should do starting with a k2. See if that gives you the pattern that you see in the picture. What part of the soaker is this?

I think this is the waistband of the soaker. After the eyelet round it said to work k2 p1 for the next few rounds. I made one round but it ended in a knit. What did I do wrong?

Well my daughter just tore apart my hard work. I have to restart now.
-_- I’m still confused on what I did wrong though.

You might have added an extra yo on the eyelet round, so you would have an extra stitch.

I counted my stitches 3 times and it came out 72 stitches which is what the pattern calls for. The pattern said that the eyelet round ended with a YO and the next started with the K2tog and then it said to work K2, P1. Would that make 3 knits and 1 purl in the start? Or do I count the K2tog stitch and work another knit then purl?

Thanks for bearing with me. I hope I’m not annoying you both.

Okay, the k2tog takes a stitch from the end of the round and beginning of round. But I think you would just stop the k2, p1 round after the p1, and that’s where the marker would go.

You know what, what if I just make the eyelet round a normal k2 p1 and keep going with the work? I’m too confused and by the time I understand she probably won’t fit into them. Lol

Check over your sts and make sure it’s k2p1 around (72 is divisible by 3 so it should come out even, that is, finish with a p1). If it all look ok. just press on with the few rows in k2p1. You’re right, this is time sensitive material!