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"I am in desperate need of some help. I was very close to finishing the Madison Shawl Knitting Pattern when I knew that I made a mistake on Row 2 but could not figure how I made the mistake. Instead of ending up with only 3 stitches at the end of Row 2, I ended up with 4. I didnt know what to do so I got rid of the extra stitch by doing this yo, s, s k2 pass the 2 slipped stitches over. Of course, this did not work out.br /I followed the directions and cast on 135 stitches.br /Row 1 says to purl the entire row. 135 stitches remain.br /Row 2 says to Knit the first 2 stitches, then yo, skpo and repeat the sequence between the s until there are 3 stitches remaining.br /My Problembr /When I finished the last sequence of yo, skpo, there were 4 stitches remaining, not 3.br /On the last 3 stitches you are supposed to do yo, sk2po (thus using up the 3 remaining stitches). But there is still 1 stitch remaining on the left needle, when there should be none left. I unravelled 4 balls worth of knitting and started over. I followed the instructions, counting my 135 stitches after casting on and completing Row 1, purling the whole row.br /I continued on to Row 2, following the directions exactly. As I finished the last sequence of yo, sKpo, I still had 4 stitches remaining instead of 3 on my left needle.br /I have gone over this pattern again and again. I finally decided to write down the number of stitches as if I were knitting the pattern, and still, I end up with 4 stitches remaining at the end of Row 2! I cant continue on with this pattern until someone tells me what I am doing wrong. I bought the wool indicated in the pattern, which was very expensive, now Im stuck because I cant finish Row 2 properly. If anyone understands what I am trying to explain, can you please advise me as to what I am doing wrong? I would love to keep working on this shawl, but I cant continue and its driving me insane. The wool is beginning to look raggedy from all of the knitting, unravelling, knitting, recounting, etc.br /I am desperate, so any advice offered to correct my work will be greatly appreciated.br /Thank You."
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"BO means bind off."

How to Knit the Close Check Stitch

This simple knit stitch is comprised of only knit and purl stitches, which makes it a great beginner stitch!

How To Knit Close Check Stitch Video Tutorial
How To Knit Close Check Stitch Video Tutorial
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If you don't fall immediately in love with the checkered design of this Close Check Stitch at first glance, then you need to have yourself another glance. It's almost impossible to believe that such a detailed stitch can be made with just a series of knits and purls, but it's possible.

This easy knitting stitch can be used to make stunning placemats for the dining table, adorable coasters for the kitchen, or a nice, tightly-knit baby blanket so your little one's fingers and toes are safe from snagging.

For beginners who want to challenge themselves a little more without trying something too difficult, the close check stitch is the way to go. This stitch can be used for everything from cowls and scarves to blankets and even sweaters! Its versatility makes it one of the most common stitches in knitting, so learning this skill will help you all throughout your knitting journey.

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Instructions

CO a multiple of 6 sts + 3 sts

Rows 1, 3, 6, 8: p3, (k3, p3)

Rows 2, 4, 5, 7: k3, (p3, k3)

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One of my favorite things about knitting is that most of it is just a combination of the knit stitch and the purl stitch. You really only have to know 2 things and find all of the fun and interesting combinations of the two. This looks complicated, but actually doing it is really easy!

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