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Old 01-16-2007, 06:29 AM   #1
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Please Help-Armhole Shaping
Total newbie here attempting her first garment. It's a cardigan in St st and I am working on the right front piece. Pattern reads "when side measures 13" beging armhole shaping. Armhole Shaping: BO 4 sts at straight edge once, dec 1 st 2 times. Work even until armhole measures 8", end with K row." I am doing increases at the front edge at the same time.

I've only knitted a scarf and a baby blanket. When I got to the end of the pieces, to bind off I knitted 2 stitches and slipped the rear stitch over the front stitch to the end, cut the yarn and wove the end in.

Do I BO at the end of a K (right side) row and cut the yarn? This row ends at the side seam where the armhole should be.

How do I work the actual bind off? Assuming I am BO at the end of the knit row and have 4 sts remaining, do I actually knit into the stitch or just slip it and then pull the loop behind that stitch over it in the usual manner?

To decrease 1 st 2 times: Am I correct If I do 1 decrease on the next knit row, then the 2nd decrease on a successive knit row? Or do I have to decrease 2 stitches on the same row I just bound off the 4 stitches on?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 01-16-2007, 08:56 AM   #2
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You can't bind off at the end of the row. Bind off at the beginning of the armhole edge and then finish that row.

Then work back, decrease 1 at the beginning, work back, dec at the beginning again. Your armhole decreases are done.

Bind off as you normally would for those 4 stitches.

On the other side, you'll also do the bind-offs at the beginning of the row, but will do them with the opposite side of the knitting facing you.
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Ahhh! Lightbulb Moment overcomes Brain Freeze. Thanks Ingrid!

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