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Old 04-16-2012, 05:24 AM   #1
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Hello everyone & help with pattern please?
Hi,
I'll start off with introducing myself. My name is Tracey & I have recently found out that I am going to be a grandmother for the first time
I have knitted in the past but nothing too complicated, anyway I am now in the middle of knitting a cardigan for my grandchild & I am having trouble understanding the pattern. I was hoping that someone with more experience could help me understand it.
I am doing the left front of the cardigan & the pattern has gone like this;
1st row. K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog.
2nd row. Purl.
3rd row. Knit to last 2 sts, k2tog.
4th row. Purl
Rep 1st & 2nd rows once more.

I have got this far & am left with 15 sts (which is right according to pattern) and now I am confused with the next set of instructions!

Work 14 rows dec 1 st at raglan edge as before in 3rd and every foll 4th row AT SAME TIME dec 1 st at neck edge in 3rd and every foll 4th row.

By the end of this I should be left with 9 sts according to pattern. What is confusing me is do I continue to do the 1st & 2nd rows? Also, if I am decreasing 2 sts per row then I will already be down to 9 sts after doing 3 rows - I will not have enough sts to complete 14 rows.

I am sorry that my 1st post is so long & rambling & if I come across as a total idiot! I just really hope someone can make this clear for me, as I have already done the back & don't want to give up now.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:41 AM   #2
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"1st row. K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog.
2nd row. Purl.
3rd row. Knit to last 2 sts, k2tog.
4th row. Purl
Rep 1st & 2nd rows once more."

You're going to repeat the kind of decreases you did in row 1 of the pattern directions so that you decrease at both the raglan sleeve edge and the neck edge:
1st row. K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog.
And the instructions are telling you in which rows to decrease, on the 3rd and the following 4th rows. So you would complete the directions above to Rep the 1st and 2nd rows once more and then on the next row:
row 1 knit
row 2 purl
row 3 K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog
row 4 purl
row 5 knit
row 6 purl
row 7 K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog
rows 8, 9, 10 continue to knit or purl the row with no decrease
row 11 K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog
rows 12,13,14 continue to knit or purl the row with no decrease
Congratulations on the coming grandchild and welcome back to knitting!
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:48 AM   #3
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Thank you so much! It all makes sense now, but I would never have figured that out by myself - it just seemed so complicated!
I am sure I will be asking more advice in the future.
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:28 AM   #4
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You start off just shaping the armhole where the sleeve will go. Then later on, you begin to decrease to shape the neckline at the same time as you are continuing the armhole shaping. You'll have a large shaping on one side of the work and the smaller neckline shaping on the other. Congrats on the new baby! I just became a first time grandmother this fall. It's a lot of fun and they have so many cute baby patterns online. This is one of my favorite patterns. You can also make these for boys using blue yarn and maybe some sailor or airplane buttons.

http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/fr...-patterns2.htm
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Thanks for that! I've just had a look at the booties, they are gorgeous & I will definately have a go at them next.
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