Reyna shawl pattern - ?uneven

I am knitting the Reyna shawl pattern from Ravelry. I am on row 52 and have twice as many stitches on one side of the marker than on the other. Is this correct? I thought the marker was the center of the shawl so thought there should be even (or at least almost even!) numbers on either side of it.

It looks symmetrical (and beautiful) with increases on either side of a central stitch. The pattern for the mesh stitch balances out yarn overs with decreases on each side with 2 extra yarn overs per side in each RS row.
Viewed from the RS which side has more sts?

On the RS, there are more stitches on the right.

For the mesh stitch:
k2, yo, k1, (yo, k2tog) until marker, yo, slm, k1, (yo, ssk)
until 3 sts remain, yo, k1, yo, k2
Central stitch is bolded.

Is it possible that you’re inadvertently omitting the yo before the marker? The left side would then have fewer sts than the right. If the mesh stitch is off the correct stitch count it would be more obvious to the eye.
Go over the sts on a couple of the rows, naming them as you come to them. You should be able to tell if there are missing sts.

I have so many more stitches on the right, I would have had to omit that yo on every row! Not sure what I did but, as I suspected, I need to start over. Thanks for your help.

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I’m sorry to hear that. It may help to put in markers every so many sts and also to count sts every row till you feel confident that everything is even.
You are making yarn overs by just taking the yarn to the front between the needles and then over the right needle to the back? No stitch involved. I’m not sure how that would factor in but just in case.

Not sure I understand your question. I am doing a yarn over by bringing the yarn to the front and then knitting the next stitch, like this:

Yes, this video like many others is a bit misleading. The yarn over is correct but the yarn over does not include knitting the next stitch. The yarn over is simply bringing the yarn to the front between the needles then over the right needle to the back. No extra stitch required. No extra stitch involved.

I think I am doing it correctly. I bring the yarn to the front and to the right of the needle to form a new stitch then proceed with whatever the next stitch is (e.g. knit or k2tog). Correct?

That’s it exactly. I don’t think that has anything to do with the uneven stitch number but it’s just a common problem. I certainly hope your retry works out. It’s a lovely shawl.

I haven’t read this thread in detail, but if the yarn over falls directly after the centre marker, it can appear to be on the opposite side when you get back to it. I think it’s something to do with the open structure and how it’s connected to the stitch before the marker. I knit a lot of lace and have noticed this in my own projects.
Is your total manner of stitches correct? You may have been inadvertently shifting the marker. Unfortunately, if that’s the case, you may have also shifted the pattern.

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Can you post a picture of the shawl you’re working on? I’ve made three Reynas and might be able to help by seeing what you’ve done so far.


I have already started over! I am about to start the mesh portion which is where I think I messed up. So, I might have something to show you by the end of today. I will let you know.

So I started again and have a problem with the first row of the mesh (row 29). The first part is OK but the second part (the ssk part) is not. The pattern says to work the yo, ssk until there are 3 stitches left. But I have only two stitches left after the last yo, ssk. Or I can stop when I have 4 stitches left.

OK, for row 29 you start the row with 55sts.
k2, yo, k1, (yo, k2tog) until marker, yo, slm, k1, (yo, ssk) until 3 sts remain, yo, k1, yo, k2

The 55 sts are distributed as
k2, k1 =3sts (ignore the yarn overs as you haven’t made them until you finish row 29)
(yo,k2tog) repeated 12 times=24sts
(yo, ssk) repeated 12 times=24sts
k1, k2=3sts

You could mark off the sections before the repeats, maybe every 3 of the k2tog repeats, mark the center k1 and the repeats on the ssk side and the final section after the repeats.
You should be able to work the row with 3sts before the end. The extra yarn over will add 4sts on row 29. If you put in the markers you’ll be sure to see that the stitch count is correct before the row begins and then have confidence in working the row ending with 3sts. It’s time consuming but worth it in frustration relief.

Well, after starting AGAIN, I have done 2 rows of the mesh and have an equal number of stitches on either side of the middle knit stitch. Woo hoo! Now, I just need to keep that up :grinning:

Thank you all for the help.


Double woo-hoo! Good news and thanks for reporting back. Keep counting for awhile and enjoy working the shawl.

I finished the shawl two weeks ago! Thank you for your help! I added a marker on the other side of the central knit stitch and checked my stitch count every row.


Sometimes it just takes that kind of care and attention to detail but what a result! The shawl is so elegant and graceful. Enjoy wearing it.

Beautiful! I really like your shawl. For future reference in case markers moving is a problem here’s a video you might want to watch. Running thread markers can be very useful for counting rows for repeats too.
Using a Running Yarn Marker

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