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Old 01-21-2013, 07:22 PM   #1
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Hello, I am attempting to knit after many years, was not great even then. Sooo, I am having trouble understanding what the directions mean. The pattern is berroco, the truman vest. Row 2 explains completion of the ribbing. Then after the purl row, it says "decrease 30 (36-38-44 etc) sts across 71(81-91-99 etc) sts. Work even in St st until piece measures 4 (4 1/2, 4 1/2, 5 etc) from beginning, end on WS."

I understand the abbreviations but do not understand what it means to decrease a certain number of stitches across a certain number of stitches.

Please help! It's even difficult to explain!
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:38 PM   #2
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Using the smallest size as an example- you'll be decreasing 30 stitches across the next 71 stitches so you end up with 41 stitches. It doesn't have to be perfect so just decrease as evenly as you can.

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Old 01-21-2013, 07:49 PM   #3
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The different numbers are for each size - you would decrease X sts evenly spaced across the number of stitches you now have on the row. The larger numbers are just confirming that you're starting with the proper number of stitches.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:23 PM   #4
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That's a gorgeous vest! Here's its Ravelry page, in case you haven't seen it.
I have a hard time with decreasing lots of stitches across a row as well. I think there's a formula for this, but I'm terrible at math so I always make sure I have a lifeline in place and then I just guess how many sts I need in between those decreases. Sometimes it works for me and sometimes it doesn't.
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The 'formula' is dividing the dec sts into the beginning stitches. Or you can use a decrease calculator... that site also has an increase calculator.
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
The 'formula' is dividing the dec sts into the beginning stitches. Or you can use a decrease calculator... that site also has an increase calculator.
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It has a calculator for everything, including for times when you want the decreases centered. Doing the math on that was always too much for me. Thanks again!
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She's got some interesting things on the site, though it can be hard to find them. Using the search can help.
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I have these cute little plastic markers that slip onto a stitch and stay put (mostly) ... I love using them to measure off places where I need to K2tog or implement a decrease.

However, if you don't have such custom built gadgets, you can alwas use 8 inch strands of cast of yarn and simply tie a knot.

hope this helps?

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