I'm working on a "Knitting Pure and Simple" Pattern right now, #244. The stitches they want you to count are the stitches that will make up the back. On my sweater, I'll stop doing increases when there are 110 stitches inbetween the two markers.
It was confusing to me at first, not knowing how many stitches were supposed to be on the needles for the whole row, but I just go back to what Ingrid says, "Trust the pattern!"
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