Knitting pattern instructions I don't understand

by Beni
(Little Rock, AR)

These instructions are for a beret - sizes Child, Small, Medium and Large adults:

Size Large (I have cast on 80 stitches)

Round 1 reads: *Pl, K1, P1, K1, P1, K4, P1, K1, PO (P1; P2; P1, K1,P1) K1, P1, K4*, repeat *_* 3 times

Shouldn't this add up to 80 stitches? It does not. Also, don't understand "PO" unless it means zero.


P0 does usually mean purl 0 and sometimes occurs in patterns with multiple sizes.

The numbers are right in the pattern. This bit "PO (P1; P2; P1, K1, P1)" gives different instructions for each of the sizes. For the childs size you purl 0, the small size you purl one, for medium you purl two and for the large size you purl one, knit one and then purl one.

Round 1 reads: *Pl,(1) K1, (2) P1, (3) K1, (4) P1, (5) K4, (9) P1, (10) K1, (11) PO (child size - ignore) (P1; (small size - ignore) P2; (medium size - ignore) P1, (12) K1, (13) P1 (14)) K1, (15) P1, (16) K4 (20)*, repeat *_* 3 times

20 * 4 = 80

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