Loom Beginner: help understanding "multiple of..." in patterns

by Allison Lankford
(empire, Al, U.S.)

I'm a rough beginner at loom knitting, and i am trying to learn the basic stitches: Garter Stitch

Rib (2 x 2), Double Moss Stitch, Diagonal Rib, Basketweave, Zig Zag, Box Stitch.

My question has to do with the "multiple of..." in stitch patterns, for example,
my rib (2x2) stitch pattern is

Rib instructions for Flat Panels
Multiple of 4 sts. Pattern done over 2 rows
Row 1: *k2, p2; rep from * to the end of row
Row 2: *p2, k2; rep from * to the end of row
Repeat Row 1 & 2.

Rib instructions on Circular Items
Multiple of 4 sts. Pattern done over 2 rows
Rnd 1: *k2, p2; rep from * to the end of round
Repeat Row 1

where k= knit and p=purl

i've read in guides that if the work is to be flat panel cast the stitch multiple and the number after the + sign. for circular works cast on only the multiple.

i'm just not understanding the concept.

on a round loom with 24 pegs for a circular work I should knit 2 stitches then purl 2 stitches, for a total of 4 stitches. then, on the same round, i should knit 4 stitches then purl 4 stitches. i should now have 12 stitches for this round.
Now, on the same round i knit 8 stitches and purl 8 stitches, but 4 of the purl stitches would not fit on this round. So i begin a new round by knitting 2 stitches and purling 2 stitches just as i did for round 1. is this correct?

Can someone explain "multiple of..." in loom patterns to me like I am a 5 year old?
Any help is appreciated.

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by: ChristinaRae

When they're telling you "multiples of", they're usually basically telling you the number of pegs you use should be evenly divisible by that number.

With the pattern you're listing:

*k2, p2, repeat from * to end of row - means you'll do k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, all the way to the end of the row. Then, with your next row, you'll do p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, all the way to the end of the row.

It's saying multiples of 4, because that's how many pegs you need to have a complete pattern (k2, p2, is the complete pattern). It's just a way to tell you the proper number of pegs you need so you don't end up finishing in the middle of a pattern.

Hope this helps, I know it can be confusing in the beginning. I just hope I didn't make it even more confusing :)

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