Have 36 stitches need to increase to 53 stitches

by Caiti Rex
(New Zealand )

Hi there I am following a knitting pattern to knit a monkey. I have run into a problem that I can’t seem to solve. I have 10 rows with 36 stitches the pattern then states
11th Row: * K2, M1, rep from * to last 2 sts, K2 = 53 sts.
I have done this about five times and can never seem to finish with 53 stitches. Can anyone help me, please?

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Jul 09, 2024
Have 36 stitches and need to increase to 53 sts.
by: Ratchadawan

Hi Caiti,

I'd be happy to help! Let's break down the instructions and see where things might be going wrong. This might be a bit long.

Starting with 36 stitches.

11th Row:

K2: Knit 2 stitches.
M1: Make 1 stitch (increase by one stitch).

Rep from * to last 2 sts:
Repeat the sequence (K2, M1) until you have 2 stitches left on your needle.
This means for every 2 stitches you knit, you are adding an extra stitch by making 1.

K2: After the repeats, knit the last 2 stitches.

= 53 sts: You should end up with 53 stitches at the end of this row.

Let's Calculate the Stitches
You start with 36 stitches.
For each repeat of (K2, M1), you are increasing by 1 stitch.

You would do a total of 17 repeats of (K2, M1).

Each repeat increases by 1 stitch: Total increases = 17
Total increases=17

Add the 2 stitches you knit at the end:
Total stitches = 36 + 17 = 53
Total stitches=36+17=53

Double-Check Steps:
Knit 2 stitches.
Make 1 stitch (increase).
Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have 2 stitches left.
Knit the last 2 stitches.

Example Breakdown:
Start with 36 stitches.
Knit 2, M1 (now you have 39 stitches).
Repeat (K2, M1) 17 times.
Knit the last 2 stitches.
If you're still not getting 53 stitches, ensure that you are:

Making one stitch (M1) correctly and only once per repeat.
Not accidentally skipping stitches or doing extra increases.

Common Issues:
Miscounting Stitches: Make sure you are accurately counting your stitches after each repeat.

Incorrect M1 Technique: Verify that you are doing the M1 (make 1 stitch) correctly. There are different methods, such as M1L (make one left) or M1R (make one right), and they can affect the stitch count if not done correctly.

Thanks for asking and have a lovely day!

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