Liesel by Mary Joy Gumayagay
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January 2005
Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi) ?
21.5 stitches = 4 inches
US 8 - 5.0 mm
210 yards (192 m)
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ISSUE 1: Missing stitch on row 1.
In the row repeat there is a “k1, yo, p1” sequence. If done incorrectly, you will lose the yarn over. Work the stitches this way:

First, make the “k1”. Now make the “yo” by bringing the yarn between the needles and up over to the back. With the yarn is positioned so, it’s ready for a knit stitch next, but you need to make a purl stitch next. So, bring the yarn between the needles to the front. Then make the “p1”. Bring the yarn to the back, ready for “ssk”.

ISSUE 2: Changing stitch counts.
On all rows except 3 and 4 of the Elm Leaf Pattern (written or charted), the stitch count remains at 35. On row 3, this is decreased to 33, or 1 stitch decreased per row repeat. On row 5, this is increased back to 35, or 1 stitch increased per row repeat. If you keep getting the same errors, try the following:

1: Count your stitches at the end of rows 3 and 4 (33 stitches), and row 5 (35 stitches).

2: Follow my definitions for the techniques “k2tog”, “ssk”, and “s2kpo” (centered double decrease).

3: Maybe you’re losing your place in the directions? Then place 4 stitch markers: after the first 2 edge stitches, after the next 15 stitches (pattern repeat 1), after the next 15 stitches (pattern repeat 2), and after the following stitch. It will look like the string below.

35 34 m 33 m 323130292827262524232221201918 m 17161514131211109876543 m 2 1

July 13, 2008 Revisions

  1. Updated knitting level to Advanced Beginner.
  2. Updated time to knit to less than 1 day.
  3. Updated chart: purl symbol.
  4. Updated 3-to-1 decrease from sk2po to s2kpo.
  5. Updated written pattern to include stitch counts. On rows 3 and 4, 2 sts are decreased (1 st per row repeat), so the stitch count is 33. On row 5, 2 sts are increased (1 st per row repeat), so the stitch count is back to 35. On the charted pattern, the grey boxes indicate “no stitch” meaning 1 less stitch per row repeat.