sk2pOhhhh no!

I just started the Liesel Scarf, and I’ve encountered a bit of trouble around rows three and five of the pattern. I am thinking it is due to however I handled sk2po (which I assume means to slip a stick, knit two stitches and pass the slipped stitch over the two knitted stitches thereby leaving the two knitted stitches on the right-hand needle “looped” by the passed over stitch). Is this so? The problem is, that this seems to leave thirty-five stitches on the needle when the next row (row four), only utilizes thirty-three stitches. I have never used sk2po before and the only solution of which I can think, is that the “two” stitches created by sk2po that are “bound together” by the passed over stitch are supposed to count as one stitch which then, would in fact come out to be thirty-three stitches and thereby make the following rows correct. I hope I was clear enough about this that someone can clarify this for me. Here is the pattern portion (row three and the next row), so you can see what I mean...

Row 3 (RS): k2 edge sts, [k1, yo, k1, ssk, p1, k2tog, k1, p1, sk2po, yo, k3, yo] 2 times, k1, k2 edge sts.

Row 4 (WS): k2 edge sts, p1, [p6, k1, p2, k1, p4] 2 times, k2 edge sts.


HOT DAMN!!!! I may (I stress "may") know something finally!

sk2p = slip, knit two together, passover


MMario's picture

This time of year I think it's slip one, knit two together, Chanakkah
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I looked at the website that you gave. If you read the instructions on the charted pattern, you'll see that the two knit stitches should be knit TOGETHER, i.e. it would be more clear if the directions read "s, k2tog, psso". This will solve your problem.

Parenthetically, when I was a teenager my grandma knit a sweater in cotton for my mom with "sk2po" the way you interpreted it. She botched it because she was no longer at her best, and my mother had me rip and reknit the whole thing so she'd be able to wear the sweater and make my grandma feel proud. It was a nightmare. The "sk2po" is very stiff, especially in cotton.

Good luck,


BuduR's picture

LOL I laughed til cried!

MWK's Token Estrogen-American

MWK's Token Estrogen-American said that in the instructions but I was right. You knit the two st together to make one st. You should end up with 1 st after knitting the two together (at the same time).

Nice scarf....may be my next project!

MMario's picture

I have seen patterns where "sk2p" meant "slip one, k2tog, psso" - a double decrease which would solve your problem.

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

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PaxKnitter's picture

I did as you describe, MMario, and it worked great. I have a friend that teaches knitting classes for the city park district. I went over the stitches with her before I started.

I'm almost done with mine. Hoping to block and post, this weekend.


scenter's picture

***groan alert***

I agree with the others here - sk2po would be slip one, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over the k2tog, but I can't tell you what a hhhh stitch is ;-)

Asbjörn's picture

Thank you all so much. I guess the answer didn't occur to me during my frustration. Also, I frogged what little progress I made as one of my dogs scared the pants off me (or rather scared the stitches right off of my needles), with one of those completely for no reason/out of the blue/extremely loud "surprise barks" as we call them. So it looks like I'll be making a fresh start of it sometime this weekend if I ever get a moment to myself. Judging from the rest of the pattern I should be alright from here to FO. Thanks again!


LOL...mine does the same...and then I lose track of where I was!