Sometimes a pattern will have the term: Continue in Pattern as Established used in it. A couple of my patterns have it in them and I recently had someone ask how to do this. Regardless of the type of pattern - hat, mitt's scarf, etc. Continuing in Pattern as Established will have the same principal and work the same way for any pattern unless the designer has made a note indicating that it will be done differently.
When you see Continue in Pattern as Established it means to work the stitches as you have been on the previous rounds or rows. It can be confusing at first, especially if this comes in the middle of a round or row. I have created an example on how to do this below.
Let's start with a simple ribbing that is being worked in the round over 20 stitches:
Rounds 1 - 5: [K2, P2] 5 X
Round 6 - 10: K 7, continue in pattern as established
The brackets [ ] indicate a repeat, the number following them: 5 X, indicates that what is in the brackets will be repeated by that many times. In this case it will be 5 times.
Our pattern says to work the ribbing for 5 rounds, then on rounds 6 - 10: K across the first 7 stitches, and continue in pattern as established. This means that on round 6 we will knit the first 7 stitches, then P1, [K2, P2] 3 X. The chart below shows what the stitches will look like:
The important thing to remember is that when you see Continue in Pattern as Established that you need to work the stitches that are indicated in the same manner that they have been worked on previous rounds/rows. It does not mean that you are starting from the beginning of the round or row. This is one of those times that stitch markers come in handy, especially if one of the sections you are working has stitches that are hard to see or you are working with a darker color yarn.
I hope that this tutorial helps you to understand what to do when you see Continue in Pattern as Established used in a pattern. If you have any questions, please email me or leave them in the comments section.