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Old 05-14-2014, 02:34 AM   #1
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Vintage pattern confusion! Help needed please
I am knitting a vintage 'pram coat' and cannot work out what to do next....

The coat is knitted as one piece up to the armholes, therefore have 299 stitches. There is a 8 row pattern, with an 8 stitch decrease in both line 1 & 5. All of this is straightforward. The instructions then reads

Keeping the continuity of the borders and st-st throughout work 28 rows dec ( as before) working 2 sts less between each dec in 2nd and every following 4th row. 227 sts

Thats it. Questions, what does this mean? There is no dec in row 3. With the number of stitches decreasing , where do I put the decrease sts? Do I need to work out the number of stitches left & equalise them across the row? Any ideas?

Pattern is about 40 years old I'd say if that helps anyone...

All help appreciated. Would like to knit this before the baby is born!
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Old 05-14-2014, 06:00 AM   #2
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A picture of this pattern would really help. If there isn't a link to the pattern, perhaps you could post one?

It looks as though you change to stockinette stitch for the upper part of the coat. Is that what the picture shows? Decrease on rows 2, 6, 10, 14, 18 etc. Those decreases must occur along the length of the row, not just at the edges as is usual. I would mark the decreases on the first decrease row with a stitch marker and then use that as a guide for subsequent decreases (work 2 fewer sts between decreases on subsequest rows). The markers can be a simple as a circle of contrasting yarn.

Is there someplace else in the pattern that you've had to decrease, other than as part of the pattern stitch?
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