Pattern advice

I am working from a Rowan knitting pattern for a man’s zipper.
This is the instruction for the back

With No. 8 (4 mm) needles, cast on 127 (135) sts.
1st rib row: P1, k1, p1 to end.
2nd rib row: K1, p1, k1 to end.
Repeat last 2 rows, 7 times more.

Change to No. 7 (41/2 mm) needles. Work main pattern thus:
1st row: P3, k1, p3 to end.
2nd row: K3, p1, k3 to end.
Mark ends of last row for side seams. Pattern another 50 (52) rows.
Cast off straight across.“

50 (52) rows will only measure approx 30cm.

Does “Pattern another 50 (52) rows.” mean repeat both rows, ie work 100 (104) rows?

Thank you for your help

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May 16, 2020
Rowan pattern
by: Alexis

Hi Ratcha
Thank you for you reply to my question about ‘pattern 50 rows’. I am an experienced knitter (been knitting for 40 years!), and I agree with your response, but that will make the back measurement ridiculously short - only 52 rows plus the rib!
The front will have 165 rows plus the rib.
Even if I were to interpret ‘pattern 50’ as repeat pattern 50 times I still only get 102 rows!
I’m sure there is something not right about this pattern but I cannot get a response from Rowan (possibly due to lock down?)

Very frustrated!

May 09, 2020
Pattern advice
by: Ratchadawan


It means to repeat row 1 and row 2 of the pattern for 50 or 52 rows depending on your size. You do not need to double count them. Each row is counted as one.

If the instruction states "repeat 50 sets of pattern", then this would be 100 rows since each set of pattern has 2 rows.

Thank you for your question. Have a great day!


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