Pattern Question

I am knitting a poncho. The directions tell you to knit the pattern until you have 88 stitches. Then place markers on either side of the 8 center stitches. (The center is later on split using two balls of yarn to create a slit in the center of the poncho.) On the other side of the markers you are to continue the pattern.

Here is the problem. Throughout the pattern, which is a 4 row repeat you will add two stitches on either side of the markers. This makes the sections on either side of the markers have an uneven number of stitches to knit the pattern. I usually have one or two extra stitches I’m not sure what to do with. If this totally does not make sense I can try and more clearly explain my problem. I have ripped out this part of the pattern about 3-4 times.


:thinking: I’m not sure, but I’ll bump this so it won’t get missed.

Thanks Jan, I’ll come back and try to figure this out later – I have just a moment right now. Hang in there! :hug:

Could you describe which stitch pattern you are using?? And/or provide a link if it is a free pattern, or at least a picture of the poncho? I suspect that you are supposed to incorporate those new stitches into the stitch pattern, but a little more info might be helpful!


That’s what I would say, too. Make the added stitches match the pattern, even though there aren’t enough to complete a pattern repeat.

Ok, here is the pattern.

Row 1 sl1, M1R, k3, k2tog, yo twice, ssk; rep from * to last 4 sts, end k3, M1L, k1

Row 2 sl1, k4, *p1 (k1, p1) in double yo, p1; rep from * to last 5 sts, end k5

Row 3 sl1, M1R, k to last st, end M1L, k1

Row 4 sl1, k4, p to last 5 sts, end k5

To clarify here is what the pattern says to do.

After 88 sts. ending on the RS, knit pattern placing a marker before and after the middle stitches. Garter stitch the stitches inbetween the markers. After 8 rows split the middle 8 stitches (to create a slit in the front of the poncho) continuing the pattern on either side of the slit (continue garter stitch around the slit).

My question is continuing the pattern on either side of the slit. That is where I get really off. By increasing two sts after the 4 row pattern I usually have a few sts that I dont’ know what to do. I don’t know if I should work them in next to the edge of the slit or just have extra knit stitches near the edge of the poncho.

I have attached the picture of it.


I finally added the picture I scanned of this poncho.


I’d work them as if they were part of the pattern rather than have lots of extra stitches at the end. One thing you have to remember, though, is if there is a yo in the stitches, it has to be balanced by a decrease, and vice-versa.

Only keep the 4 stitches on the edges of the slit as garter.