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Sometimes an asterisk alone is not enough, as there may be stitches to repeat inside the actual repeat itself. In this case, brackets are used to shorten the row instructions thus: K. I, * P. 2, K. (J. I, K. I) 6 times, repeat for the action in the brackets (purl I. Knit I) is done 6 times, you then repeat from the asterisk as many times as needed, purling I and knitting 1,6 times in each repeat. Brackets, either square U or round (), may be used to enclose different sizes. This will help to make it easier to see at a glance the instructions for the sizes, you are making.