thanks yvonne, but the prob i was having was that the pattern was telling me i was going to have fewer sts than possible from simply decreasing 4 sts. the reason i brought up the next row was to show that it didn't call for more decreasing in that row. just said to purl.
its just a poncho. i can still make one. i was just trying to see what i might have been missing in the pattern.
thanks for all your help.
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