When the same action is repeated on every stitch of a row, the pattern can be worked on any number of stitches. Stockinette stitch is a good example. When the action keeps changing in a regular way, groups of stitches to be repeated will either appear in brackets () or have an asterisk (*) at the start, and possibly another one at the end.
Usually, the group of stitches forming a complete pattern repeat is pinpointed by asterisks. Smaller groups of stitches, within this large group, may appear in brackets if a working sequence is to be repeated two or three times. Example:
Row 1 (wrong side): p1;*ssk, (yo, slip 1) twice, k2 tog, pi *; repeat from * to * to last 2 sts; k2.
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