What am I doing wrong?

Here is the pattern http://knitting.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ/Ya&zTi=1&sdn=knitting&cdn=hobbies&tm=9&gps=49_943_1259_603&f=22&tt=14&bt=1&bts=1&zu=http%3A//www.dailyknitter.com/iris.html

Here is a pic of what it looks like:

Seems like when i’m switching from knit to purl or vice versa it is messing up but I don’t get how. I don’t think i’m dropping stitches as i count and still have 88 on the needles. It’s like this in 2 different places! If I just continue on with the pattern the “run” just keeps getting worse!! I have frogged too many times and now have a lifeline in after the border but I have frogged to the lifeline twice now and this keeps happening!! HELP!

:think: The ladders/runs are common when you go from knit to purl, but not purl to knit. If it’s both ways I’m not sure. You’re doing the stitches correctly?

To help tighten the knit to purl you can wrap the purl the opposite way and then knit into the back loop of the stitch when it shows up twisted on the other side.

I just frogged down to my lifeline again and watched closely… it is happening where i go from knit to purl. I’m about to throw this away!
There is a knitting meeting :knitting: at our library tomorrow… do you think if I went anyone would be able to or want to help me? Or is it inappropiate to go and ask for help? I was planning to go anyway but didn’t know if i should take this project and ask for help?

Oh you should definitely go and ask for suggestions. If you wrap the purl ‘backwards’ or if you knit it through the back loop on the WS that can tighten things up.

Thank you! I will go and hopefully someone can show me… I read what you are telling me to do but I can’t visualize it! :think: :doh:

You would do either/or, not both. Watch how you wrap the yarn for a purl stitch… then wrap the yarn in the other direction.

To knit through the back - when you knit you usually put the R needle into the front leg that’s closest to the needle tip, so you can knit into the other leg instead and make it twist.