I’m knitting a baby blanket. It has squares of 11 knits and 11 purls. There is a small pattern in the middle of the knitted squares. The row that starts the design has K5, yfwd, s1, k1, psso, k4. Should I end up with 11 knitted stiches after this? I have 10. So I must not be doing the psso incorrectly. Any assistance is appreciated.

K5, yfwd (6 stitches)

s1, k1, psso (slip one, knit one, then pass the slipped stitch over the knit one, dropping it off the needle – one stitch)

k4 (4 stitches)

I get 11!

Darn it. I guess I need to start ripping out the row. I think the yfwd is where I messed up. I just moved the yard to the front. Should I wrap it around the needle like a stitch.

When you move the yarn forward and knit the next stitch, you will automatically get an extra stitch to offset the psso. Don’t move it to the back after you slip one. That might have been the problem. Leave it in the front and it will end up in the back when you k1 for the decrease part.

Thanks Ingrid. I think I get it. I’ll work on it again when I get home from work tonight. I’m fearful of the ripping out of what I’ve done – but my mother said she’d do it for me.
I keep saying “once i get going, it will be easier” but the little pattern is what is complicating things.
Thanks again.

Yep, it’s all that logical thinking that messes us up :smiley: I always try to remember that if I have to yfwd and then knit then I am going to definitely be adding a stitch because the yarn has to go back to the back to knit unless it directs me to move the yarn back. On short row heels on socks you wrap your slipped stitch. You move yarn to the front, slip stitch the right needle, move yarn to the back, then slip your stitch back to the back, but no yarn overing, so no extra stitches.

Hi Anita,
My name is Lynn and I see that you are in Atlanta, so am I. I am a REAL beginner, and I check the forums all the time for help with something. I don’t think I would be as far along with my knitting as I am now if it were not for this website. I have learned most all of it from the videos and the forums. I am bravely trying to knit a sweater, and I have run into a “K2.Sl1.psso” and I am not sure how to do that. Can someone help with this?

Much Thanks,

Usually there’s a knit stitch between the slip 1 and psso. You have to have something to pass the slipped stitch over. Take another look at how the instruction is written.

And welcome, feel free to ask questions any time.

Me to!