Warning - nerdy
I’m working on this hat for a friend’s baby. Actually, this is the third expected baby that I’ve tried to make this hat for. I get 3 rows into the pattern, get completely confused about the more complicated stitches, rip out rows of work, and give up. Can the Dope help me?
Here’s the part that has me stumped.
After going a few rounds of alternating purl and knit, the instructions have:
SSK, K7, M1, Sl1, M1, K7, K2tog repeated for a row.
The key says that SSK means to “slip, slip, knit. Slip one stitch knitwise, slip next stitch knitwise, using tip of left needle go back through these two stitches and knit together.” So, essentially, I’m knitting two stitches together, but ending up with the reduced stitch on the left needle so that I can then knit into it on the K7 step? Does that sound right?
And then, the series M1, Sl1, M1 is really strange. The key says to Make 1 stitch by picking up the running thread between stitches with the right needle. That’s all fine and dandy, but doing that on either side of a slipped stitch is making the knitting so tight, I can hardly work with it, even on size 4 needles. What am I doing wrong?