Every week I get emails from knitters with questions regarding my patterns. The question/comment I get most often is that there aren't enough stitches at the start or end of a row. The majority of the time, the solution is simple: move the markers. How easy!
Many people like to use stitch markers to mark each lace repeat in their shawl. Let's look at an example:
In the above chart, you can see there's a red box marking the 8-stitch repeat. I've already done a few repeats of the chart, but if I mark the repeats it would look like this:
Ok, but how did I know that this was going to fix the problem? I look at the chart. See how on row 5 you have that sk2p right at the edge of the 8-st repeat? That stitch causes a decrease of 2, so we need two increases to balance it out. And see how one of the yarn overs is on one side of the red repeat box and the sk2p with the other yarn over is on the inside?
If you like using stitch markers to mark lace repeats, I hope this helps you! Sometimes, you just have to steal a stitch or two from one side of the stitch marker!
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