I finally found a pattern for a sweater that I want to make for myself and I cannot for the life of me get the pattern stitch right! It is from the book “Knitting the New Classics” and it is the sweater pattern Festival of Color on page 146 in case anyone has the book. The pattern stitch is called an afghan stitch and there are two versions of it - garter and stockinette. I began by trying to make the swatch - cast on 26 stitches as the pattern stitch is a multiple of 12 + 3. Here are the directions for the afghan stitch in stockinette:
Row 1: (RS) K1, ssk, *k9, sl2, k1, p2sso; rep from *, end k9, k2tog, k1.
Row 2: P1, * p5, (p1, yo, p1) in next st, p4; rep from *, end last repeat p2.
In the book they say the ssk is slip, slip, knit. Well, if I do this the stitch count is off and the pattern does not work. Can someone help me figure this out - what am I doing wrong? I can’t figure it out and having my two youngest kids here bugging me the enitre time is not helping LOL! Also, when doing the swatch, should I do just the stockinette, the garter, or a combination of the two? The book does not specify, it just says afghan stitch on larger needles: 24 sts and 24 rows = 4".
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