Question on knitting instructions?

by Dorothy on February 20, 2011

I’m a beginner at knitting, and I’m a little confused about what the directions of a project are telling me to do. It says "(k4,k2 tog) to end." Does that mean I repeat (k4, k2 tog) until I reach the end of the row? Or do I just do it once? Please put the instructions into plain English for me. Thanks!
Ok, let me share more of the instructions:

Cast on 24 sts
Row 1: (k4,k2 tog) to end. 16 sts

If I repeated (k4,k2 tog) until the end, I wouldn’t be left with 16 stitches, I would be left with 14. So I’m still confused. Any help?

When it is in brackets it normally means to keep doing it until you run out of stitches. But if you start with 24, you aren’t going to end up with 16

sometimes it helps to draw it. So here are 24 stitches in groups of 6 (and they are in groups of 6 because the number of stitches in the brackets add up to 6)

l l l l l l

l l l l l l

l l l l l l

l l l l l l

so there’s your 24 stitches. Now in each group of 6 you are going to knit 4 stitches and then stitch 5 and 6 are knit together. So in each group of 6 stitches, you are going to lose 1 stitch. Make sense?

Like this:

l l l l ll so each group of 6 turns into a group of 5
l l l l ll
l l l l ll
l l l l ll

you ought to end up with 20 stitches.

It is not unusual to see errors in patterns. Look at the next row. What does it say?

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