# How to work out an abbreviation - don't understand what's in the bracket

K1, C4B,p1,k3(1:-:4:2:-),pm,

I understand knit 1, slip 2 sts onto crn and hold at back, k2 then k2 from cr,purl one, knit 3 but I don't understand what it means in the brackets

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 Feb 14, 2024 Rating darn brackets by: Anonymous you said k3(1:-:4:2:-)The numbers in side parenthesis indicate numbers of knit stitch of five different sizes available in this pattern.You have followed your size all along until now. You can tell which position your size stands. So, you can choose how many k you have to do.smallest size k3, next size up k1, next size up k 0, next size up k4 and so forth.I'm confused, do you knit 3 then ADD one more for the next size up? Or do you not knit 3 do you only knit 1? I thought the number in the brackets were the number of stitches you did instead of the first instruction, K3. It seemed odd that a larger side took less stitches. here's where I'm stuckRow 17: K4 (2, 6, 4, 2), Bump, *k5, Bump; repeat from * to last 4 (2, 6, 4, 2) sts, k4 (2, 6, 4, 2).K4 = small 2 in brackets = medium 6 = large next 2 numbers xl and 1xl how can they be smaller when item is getting bigger?--------That's a good point but these numbers are calculated by a computer program to get the right number of stitches that required for each size. The bigger size may have less sts here buy it can have more repeats of a set of a pattern. Don't worry it will work out.Thanks for sharing your thought.RatchaIt already has more cast on stitches to start with and

 Nov 12, 2020 Rating Dont' und by: Ratchadawan Hi, Thanks for the question. k3(1:-:4:2:-) The numbers in side parenthesis indicate numbers of knit stitch of five different sizes available in this pattern. You have followed your size all along until now. You can tell which position your size stands. So, you can choose how many k you have to do. smallest size k3, next size up k1, next size up k 0, next size up k4 and so forth. I hope this helps answer your question. Ratcha

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