Hi all, I’m a relatively new knitter trying to branch out and I hope some expert out there can help! I’ll explain my problem as best I can.
I’m working on a hat with long ties and ear flaps. At the top of the ear flap it’s supposed to zig zag into three peaks. The “valleys” of the peaks will have the second color.
When I get to the top of the earflap, before the zigzag (which is worked in stockinette with some increases), I have 19 sts. Here’s what the pattern says to do next:
“At this point leave out the ribbing and knit stockinette. Finish chart making sure to end on a purl row. Place sts. on holdder and report for other earflap.”
Now, I’m going to try to explain the chart starting at the top left to right.
1 - all blank boxes
2 - all blank boxes
3 - 3 blank, X, 5 blank, X, 5 blank X, 3 blank
4 - same as 3
5 - 2 blank, 3 X, 3 blank, 3 X, 3 blank, 3 X, 2 blank
6 - same as 5
7 - 1 blank, 5 X, 1 blank, 5 X, 1 blank, 5 X, 1 blank
8 - All X’s
I’m new to reading patterns, so I assume that I’m starting at the bottom (all X’s). Are the X’s stitches? What do I do with the blank squares? I don’t drop the stitches, do I? I’m at a loss!
Any help would be greatly appreciated and I"m sorry for the long post!