# Please help me understand this pattern

I’ve only knitted one thing before, and this pattern is probably too hard for me, but I thought the best way to learn would be to jump right in. Well now, I’m just utterly confused trying to make these reversible mittens. The pattern says:

Increase Row:

(Inc 1 st in each of 2 knit stitches, purl 2)-5times

(inc 1 st in each of 2 knit stitches, increase 1 stitch in each of 2 purl stitches twice, increase I stitch in 2 knit stitches, purl 2) - 5 times. total=76 stitches.

So I tried to do what I thought that meant: increase once for each knit stitch then purl two for five times, then for the other thing in parentheses, I increased one for each knit stitch and each purl stitch twice, but by the time I’ve done all this, there’s not enough left in this row for me to continue this way for FIVE TIMES (I had 48 stitches to begin with, so that’s only 12 sets of 2 knit and 12 sets of 2 purl, how the heck am I supposed to increase once in each knit st five times, and then in the next one, increase in each knit, each purl, once in 2 knit stitches, and purl 2-- five times… that would be 20 sets right there?), and I’ll have waaay more than 76 stitches. And I’m not really sure which increase I should be using, either. I’ve been using make one away, which seems to work okay. This is all in one row right?? Oh, I’m so confused, and I feel so stupid. Please help.

Thanks.

It’s kind of like algebra. You do what’s in the parentheses 5 times.

The kfb increase will probably work well here so,

kfb, kfb, p2 Do these three steps 5 times

Same for the next row–look at what’s in the parenthesis and do it 5 times in a row.

Yes and just to make it easier, I’ll do like Ingrid and write it out for you:

(kfb, kfb, pfb, pfb, kfb, kfb, P2) do that 5 times and you should end up with 76 stitches total. The last set of pursl you just purl and don’t increase.

Does that help or did we just totally confuse you? :lol:

Thank you both for your suggestions.

I understand what you are saying, but I think maybe I didn’t relate my problem quite right. Maybe what I should have asked is why, when I do that, do I end up halfway done with the row after doing the first thing in parentheses, 5 times, and then if I continue and do the second parantheses, I run out of stitches before I can do it 5 times? Is each set of parantheses supposed to be a new row?

I must be really dense; I’ll just start this row over (again) and do exactly what you guys said and see if it works out this time.

Looking at it, the math doesn’t quite work out for me either. The part of the directions where it tells you to “increase 1 stitch in each of 2 purl stitches twice” confuses me a bit - do you have 4 purl stitches there, or is it ribbing and they want you to knit the knit stitches between them as normal stitches? Or something else entirely? Now I’m confused too.

They left out a very important third set of parentheses:

If it’s :

Increase Row:

(Inc 1 st in each of 2 knit stitches, purl 2)-5times

(inc 1 st in each of 2 knit stitches, increase 1 stitch in each of 2 purl stitches) -twice
(increase I stitch in 2 knit stitches, purl 2) - 5 times. total=76 stitches.

THEN, it works! Yay!

I hope the rest gets less cryptic.

A very important set indeed! I’m glad you have it all figured out now.