Teri, I think the repeat is actually 18 + 1. I had this same confusion. To figure the repeat, add up the stitches between the stars, that's the easy part. But - in the last repeat of each row, stitches are actually subtracted. For example, row two. Each repeat ends K3, but the last repeat will be short a stitch, so it says, "ending K2".
It's important to realize that when it says, (for another example, row 10)
I would like to make the Candle Flame Scarf but the pattern only gives directions for casting on the shawl. How many do I cast on for the scarf? How would a different number of cast on stitches affect how the pattern is worked?
i bought the knock your socks off felted bowls pattern a while ago and picked it up recently to try it out only to find that there's no indication of the number of stitches you need to cast on to start the project. given that i'm not using the knit picks yarn called for in the pattern, i'm not sure how how large or small casting on through 4 color repeats is with the memories yarn. if anyone can provide me a suggested number of stitches, i'd be very grateful!