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Old 06-26-2013, 03:46 PM   #1
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Please help me decode this direction, which I am sure is good but I am novice to knitting sweaters.
I am making a vest I have knit the back of the vest and now I am on the Armhole Shaping.
The directions say:

Armhole Shaping:
BO 4 sts at the beginning of the next two rows.

Decrease row (RS) k1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.

Following row (WS): p
Repeat the last two rows five more times to 44 sts. Cont even in st st until armhole meas 4 1/2" ending with a WS row.


My question is with the Armhole Shaping. I just did the right side row binding off 4 sts and now I am on the purl side. I assume I bind off doing knit sts and then purl the rest of the sts?

And when it says to repeat the last two rows five more times to 44 sts. is it more clear to you which two rows I am repeating than it is to me?
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Old 06-26-2013, 04:04 PM   #2
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As you're binding off under the arms you could do a knit bind off and purl the rest of the row, but it's better to get in the habit of doing the bind off in purl, using the Basic Purl Bind Off in the Free Videos, Binding Off Section at the top of the page, and purling the rest of the row.

The last two rows are the 'Decrease row (RS)' and the 'Following Row (WS)'.
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Just realized the repeat means to P the wrong side. Don't know how I missed that. I am going to just knit the the bind off of the purl side.
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:40 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Dclutterchique View Post
As you're binding off under the arms you could do a knit bind off and purl the rest of the row, but it's better to get in the habit of doing the bind off in purl, using the Basic Purl Bind Off in the Free Videos, Binding Off Section at the top of the page, and purling the rest of the row.

The last two rows are the 'Decrease row (RS)' and the 'Following Row (WS)'.
Good to know about the purl bind off, I'll do that in the future, thank you so much! Can you tell me how the bind off in purl will be different?
I am also an English knitter.
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When you bind off purl sts in knit the chain edge from the bind off faces toward the purl loops. When you bind the purl sts off in purl, that chain faces toward the knit side (away from you). As Julie said, since this bind off will become part of the underarm seam, it won't really matter but in general it's gives a more finished look to bind off "in pattern" (bind off purl sts with a purl bind off and knit sts with a knit bind off).
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