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Mazdaqueen 04-27-2013 11:03 AM

Decreasing - can't understand pattern!
I'm working the back of a Bergere de France pattern and just cannot understand what they mean by decrease on each side 3 sts from edge as follows:
" 2 x 1 st every 12 rows, then 10 x 1st every 10 rows."
I do understand the mechanics of how to decrease and that I do it 3 stitches in but can't see what the above sentence means!
Can anyone help please?

salmonmac 04-27-2013 12:02 PM

Hi Claire and welcome to Knitting Help!
It can be confusing when patterns use this shorthand. It might be easier as: dec at each edge 1 stitch every 12 rows, twice and then 1 stitch every 10 rows, 10 times.
Anyway, it works out to be a decrease row on rows 12 and 24 and then on rows 34,44,54,64,74,84,94,104,114, and 124.

Sardisknit 04-27-2013 12:54 PM

Hi Claire,

Don't decrease on the edge, they are doing three stitches in to give a nice finished look. I have done several of these patterns and they take a little getting used to.

Decrease 1 stitch every 12 rows 2 times
Then decrease 1 stitch every 10 rows 10 times

If you still need help, let me know as I have most if their patterns.

Mazdaqueen 04-27-2013 03:00 PM

Thank you
Thank you both so much - I'm very frustrated that it all seems so simple now you've told me! I'm just going to have a go. Thanks again

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