I picked out an afghan pattern to knit for Wolf’s niece who is getting married. Thankfully she hasn’t set a date so (theoretically) I have all the time in the world to finish it. It’s a sampler afghan. I chose it because it has 50 squares, all with different patterns which will give me practice with all kinds of stitches.
The problem I’m having right now is learning how to read a patterns.* For instance, this is what the directions say:
1st row: k4, † * insert right needle, from back to front, between 1st and 2nd st on left needle, k the 2nd st, then k the first st and drop both sts from left needle *, repeat between *’s twice, then k3; repeat from † twice, k also the last st.
Now WTF does all that mean?
According to the abbreviation code:
A *, or †, indicated the directions immediately following are to be repeated the given number of times, in addition to the first time. This, “repeat from *3 times: means to make pattern 4 times, in all.”
So, I guess that means I k4 twice (eight times)? Or does it mean something else?
*Actually, I shouldn’t say “right now” because learning to read the pattern — any pattern — has been the biggest obstacle. Well, that and learning to “yarn over.”