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Jun 18, 2011 00:55:23   #
PeppermintPatti
 
What do the parenthesis mean with the knitting pattern directions?

For example:

k6, p2, (k1, p1,) 3x, k2, p1, etc

Thank you!
 
Jun 18, 2011 01:05:44   #
TammyK (a regular here)
 
You see after the parentheses where it says 3x? That means that you are to do whatever is inside the parentheses three times. The "()" just tell you that a group of stitches are going to be repeated a given number of times.
Jun 18, 2011 01:05:50   #
whodlum
 
I believe it is a repeat. It says 3X after the parenthesis. And it is all between two commas.
Jun 18, 2011 01:15:18   #
Glennis
 
Hi, TammyK is correct. Cheers
Jun 18, 2011 01:17:37   #
PeppermintPatti
 
Thank you!
Jun 19, 2011 11:05:03   #
Ellemck
 
TammyK wrote:
You see after the parentheses where it says 3x? That means that you are to do whatever is inside the parentheses three times. The "()" just tell you that a group of stitches are going to be repeated a given number of times.


Who knew we'd be using algebra equations in our knitting!

Elle
 
Jun 19, 2011 13:13:15   #
CamillaDesertMouse
 
Tammy is brilliant in her answers.

Camilla

TammyK wrote:
You see after the parentheses where it says 3x? That means that you are to do whatever is inside the parentheses three times. The "()" just tell you that a group of stitches are going to be repeated a given number of times.
Jun 19, 2011 15:00:53   #
joeysomma
 
I am a retired Math teacher. I have always told my students they would use Math in whatever they do in life.
Jun 19, 2011 19:28:57   #
mjs
 
joeysomma wrote:
I am a retired Math teacher. I have always told my students they would use Math in whatever they do in life.


I frequently use algebra in baking to check on size of pans for whatever version of a recipe I'm using.
Jun 19, 2011 19:39:29   #
Garnet
 
(k1, p1) 3x means that you k1,p1 three times and then go to the next part of the directions.
Jun 19, 2011 19:40:50   #
Sewbizgirl
 
This is why books such as "Knitting in Plain English" are worthless. Eventually, you have to learn to read patterns in their own 'lingo'...
 
Jun 19, 2011 21:50:14   #
Judy M
 
And eventually there will be a pattern with ( ) in [ ]

If it's long and involved that's a good time to write it out step by step.
Jun 19, 2011 21:53:48   #
mjs
 
PeppermintPatti wrote:
What do the parenthesis mean with the knitting pattern directions?

For example:

k6, p2, (k1, p1,) 3x, k2, p1, etc

Thank you!


Sometimes instead of parentheses * is used.
Jun 19, 2011 21:54:49   #
edithann (a regular here)
 
TammyK wrote:
You see after the parentheses where it says 3x? That means that you are to do whatever is inside the parentheses three times. The "()" just tell you that a group of stitches are going to be repeated a given number of times.


Tammy is absolutely right!
Jun 19, 2011 22:23:23   #
kneonknitter
 
Ellemck wrote:
TammyK wrote:
You see after the parentheses where it says 3x? That means that you are to do whatever is inside the parentheses three times. The "()" just tell you that a group of stitches are going to be repeated a given number of times.


Who knew we'd be using algebra equations in our knitting!

Elle


The irony is, who here never asked 'what do I need to know this stuff for? I'm never gonna use it!!' lolol
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