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Old 02-24-2013, 09:56 PM   #1
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Beginner Knitter- Sweater Vest Question
Hello all!

I am a beginner knitter starting on my very first sweater pattern. It is here:

My question is here in this line: " Change to larger needles and p the next row, dec 20(20-22-22-24) sts evenly spaced across 82(90-100-108-118) sts. Work even in St st until piece measures 17 from beg, end on WS.".

I understand the part about switching to larger needles, but what do they mean when they say "dec 20"? Decrease 20 stitches? How do I do that? Also what does it mean to "work even in st st"?

I am also confused as to how this is all going to work. As I said, I am a beginner and this is really my first time knitting an article of clothing. Will I start knitting the back and then sort of work my way to the front? Will it all come together in the end or will I end up sewing knit pieces together?

Thank you for all your help!
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