The incredible shrinking rows

Hello all,

I was wondering if someone could help me figure this out…

I am doing a children’s sweater (Sirdar book 303, Design C, if that helps). It’s a British book, and I think I am getting a bit confused with their terminology.

The instructions I am having trouble with are:

p1, (k1,p1) 5 times, k1, p2, ybk, s1p, p2, C2B, p2, ybk, s1p, p2 (C2B, C2F) 6times, p2, ybk, s1p, p2, C2F, p2, ybk, s1p, p2, k1, (p1, k1) 5 times, p1.

Their glossary defines s1p as "slip 1 stich purlways) and ybk as “yarn back”.

The way I am reading this, I will lose 4 stitches by the end of this row, and the next row doesn’t make any new ones, meaning that my fabric will keep getting more narrow (and it’s not supposeed to!).

So, I am thinking that “ybk” may really mean “yarn over” to the British, except that this would create an eyelet, and I don’t see any in the photo of this pattern…

Little help?



I looked over the pattern row you posted, but I don’t see where you’d lose any stitches at all! the ybk just means to move the yarn to the backside of your work, and the s1p means that you’ll be slipping a stitch…no decreases to be seen, unless I’m reading it wrong. :^)

Debra in NC

There’s no decreases there. Slipping a stitch is just moving it from one needle to the other without working it. A dec with a slip stitch would read ‘slip 1, knit 1, pass slip st over’ but you don’t have those instructions there. You’re slipping the st with the yarn in back, which will make an elongated stitch as part of the pattern and the yarn is in back so it doesn’t cover it up.

:aww: Oops… you’re right. I automatically assumed that the stich was passed over after being slipped…