# Why can't I read patterns? help?

I can’t quite figure out how to follow stitch patterns and make them work with the specified number of stitches (5th grade algebra flashback -(cringe) I can’t show the work…). For example, if the pattern says to work in multiples of six stitches and the first row is k1, yo, k2tog, k3… huh? After I k1, yo, and k2tog I only have two stitches left, not 3. I’m running into this problem with just about every stitch pattern that uses decreases - the patterns seem to show ssk, k2tog, etc. as one stitch rather than two, and I can’t figure out how to follow the patterns using the right number of stitches. Am I just a moron? What am I missing? TIA, oti

It’s not your decreases but the way you do the YOs. After you k1, yo and k2tog you should have 3 sts left because you only used 3 sts, not 4. The yo is just a wrap around the needle not wrap and k1. Knit the first st, bring the yarn to the front and to the back then k2tog.

I like to write it out on paper. It helps me see the rhythm & cement it in my head.
For example, say this is your repeat;
k1, yo, k2tog, k3

So- start & end
k1=1 stitch 1 1