Scarf Pattern question WS / RS conundrum

Greetings, everyone! I have a question concerning a scarf pattern.

It’s the pattern in the book, “Best Summer Knits” July '14 issue pg. 68 “Midsummer Scarf” pattern.

I’ve been working on this for a while. I’ve gotten up to a point that confuses me a little – something that a youtube video can’t help with.

The piece of the pattern is written thus:

[B]-- Work in St. st for 4’’ ending with a WS row.

– Next row (RS) *K2tog; rep from * across; 35 sts.

– Repeat rows 1-4 of broomstick lace patt. 3 times, knitting 2 rows even between repeats.


Rows 1 (RS) and 2: Knit

Row 3: *K1, [yo] twice; rep from * to last st, k1.[/B]

I’ve knit 4’’ and followed up to the RS knit 2 together and at 35 sts. I moved on to the broomstick lace pattern like it says to. But that’s where I’m confused at.

If the k2tog to get 35 stitches is the RS, and the start of the broomstick lace pattern also starts on the RS … what do I do? … I knitted two rows of knit pattern, like the beginning of the broomstick lace pattern says to do but … I’m afraid to go forward because I don’t want to be on the wrong side of the scarf and have the lace stitch on the wrong side. :frowning: Am I just not seeing something? Currently, I’m on the WS of the fabric right now, waiting to do Row 3 of the broomstick lace pattern.

Any help will be most appreciated. :slight_smile:

Welcome to KH!

It’s a lovely looking scarf and it looks like fun to knit but you’re right to be confused. There are a couple of ways to do this. Maybe the cleanest thing to do is to take out the last couple of rows. So you would knit in stockinette ending on a[I] RS row[/I], p2tog across the next row, the WS row and then start the broomstick lace with row 1 on a RS row.
Alternatively you could knit one more row on the WS and then go on to row 3 of the broomstick lace pattern. It’ll add another row of garter stitch bumps but that should be ok. Then continue with the broomstick pattern as written if there are further repeats.

Thank you so much Salmonmac! Following a pattern like that to the letter and then having things get a little wonky like that only adds to the extra confusion. Yes, I think I’ll just do that – knit another row until I get to the RS and commence the pattern like it says, that shouldn’t be a problem at all nor add anything unsightly to it.

I do have some problems within the stitching that I’ve already done but, I’m still a beginner learning how to fix my mistakes – which I’m very proud of that I was able to do what I did. But there are still some questionable areas that shouldn’t be too bad on the overall project.

Thank you again for your help. :slight_smile:

Good luck with it and enjoy. You’re learning lots of new techniques with this as well as a little creative pattern interpretation. Remember to keep good notes since you’ll be repeating this section on the other side.