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 05-05-2012, 03:45 AM #1 morganabu Casting On   Join Date: May 2012 Posts: 3 Thanks: 1 Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts don't understand the instructions :( I am knitting a long sleeves sweater. The instructions of shaping armholes say: " 3rd row: K2, sl 1, K1, psso, knit to last 4 sts, K2tog, K2 ..... ..... ..... 78 sts. Dec one st at each end of next row (as in 3rd row), then every alt row until 32 sts rem." I followed the instructions and decreased one st at the end of every alt row. However, I found it weird. Before shaping the armholes, I followed the instructions to knit until 34 cm from beginning, if I decrease one st in every alt row, then the whole armhole would be longer than the body? cuz I need to decrease from 78 sts to 32 sts, so I will need to knit further 92 rows? Is it normal? Or, is there any other definition for the above sentence "Dec one st at each end of next row (as in 3rd row), then every alt row until 32 sts rem"? Or, the pattern is just simply wrong? Thanks everyone

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 05-05-2012, 05:22 AM #2 salmonmac Moderator Mod Squad   Join Date: Dec 2010 Location: Maryland Posts: 6,829 Thanks: 493 Thanked 2,587 Times in 2,394 Posts "78 sts. Dec one st at each end of next row (as in 3rd row), then every alt row until 32 sts rem." I don't know what your row gauge is but are you accounting for the instruction to decrease at each end of the row? That's a decrease of 2sts per row, not one. You'll repeat the decrease row 18 times (~36 rows total since it's every alternate row).
 05-05-2012, 08:26 AM #3 suzeeq Knit On!   Join Date: Aug 2006 Location: Montana Posts: 27,765 Thanks: 160 Thanked 6,445 Times in 6,032 Posts You dec at each end of every other row. __________________ sue- knitting heretic
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 05-07-2012, 12:56 AM #4 morganabu Casting On   Join Date: May 2012 Posts: 3 Thanks: 1 Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts Oh thank you. Yeah I thought it asks me to decrease one st in a row.
 05-07-2012, 08:51 AM #5 suzeeq Knit On!   Join Date: Aug 2006 Location: Montana Posts: 27,765 Thanks: 160 Thanked 6,445 Times in 6,032 Posts You're not the only one - each and every are the most overlooked words in patterns. __________________ sue- knitting heretic
 05-07-2012, 08:56 AM #6 knitcindy Turning the Heel   Join Date: Jun 2006 Location: New Jersey Posts: 591 Thanks: 38 Thanked 99 Times in 87 Posts Just wondering-----why don't the pattern writers ever use this phrase: "decrease on BOTH edges" (or whatever)????? That would make it soooo much easier to understand, wouldn't it? Or are they into how difficult they can make their patterns? lol knitcindy
 05-07-2012, 09:46 AM #7 suzeeq Knit On!   Join Date: Aug 2006 Location: Montana Posts: 27,765 Thanks: 160 Thanked 6,445 Times in 6,032 Posts Nearly all patterns do say each or every, maybe it's just easier to word the instructions that way, but I've seen ones that say 'both ends' and people miss that too.. __________________ sue- knitting heretic
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 Originally Posted by knitcindy Just wondering-----why don't the pattern writers ever use this phrase: "decrease on BOTH edges" (or whatever)????? That would make it soooo much easier to understand, wouldn't it? Or are they into how difficult they can make their patterns? lol knitcindy
yeah so true.
As a beginner, I would interpret 'each end' as the end of every row instead of both edges of every row :(

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