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Old 02-12-2008, 10:41 PM   #1
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Help! Confused Instructions!
The instructions reads:
Cardigan
Left Front
***With smaller needles and MC,cast on 25 (27-29-31) sts.
Work from **to**as given for back, inc 0(0-1-1) st at center of last row. 25 (27-30-32) sts. ***

Proceed as follows:
1st row:(RS).Knit to last 4 sts. (p1. K1) twice (front edge).
2nd and alt rows: Purl.
3rd row: K0 (0-1-1). *K3.P1. Rep from *to last 5 (7-5-7) sts. K1 (3-1-3). (p1.k1) twice.
5th row: As 1st row.
7th row: k1(1-2-2). *p1.k3. Rep from * to last 4 (6-4-6)sts. (P1. K1) 2 (3-2-3) times.
8th row: Purl.

Keeping 4 sts at front edge in Rib Pat, cont in Dot Pat until work from beg measures same length as Back to Armhole (6.5 ins), ending on same row of Dot Pat as Back with RS facing for next row.

Shape armholes: Keeping cont of pat, cast off 2 sts beg next and every following alt row 1 (1-2-2) time(s) more. 21 (23-24-26)sts.

Cont even in pat until armhole measures 2.5 (3-3.5-3.5) ins, ending with WS facing for next row.

Sizes for 12 mos, 18 mos, 2 yrs, 4 yrs. My choice is 18 mons.


Now I’m in the middle of shaping armhole. I don’t know how to continue.

I cast off 2 sts while following the instruction for 1st row.
2nd row: purl.
3rd row: cast off 2 sts.

My question is for the 3rd row. At this moment I had 25 sts. After casting off 2 more sts, I only have 23 sts left as indicated. But the previous instruction is for 27 sts. I cannot leave 7 sts. It doesn’t work out.

Another question:
“Keeping 4 sts at front edge in Rib Pat” ? What does it mean? Do I have to do extra for it? Or I just follow the previous instruction and ignore this sentence.

I hope I express myself clear enough here. Please help me figure it out. Thanks a lot!
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Old 02-12-2008, 11:00 PM   #2
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If you started with 27 and dec'd 2 and 2 again, you'd have 23 sts. Per the patten you'll work those 23 sts for 3 inches.

'Keeping 4 sts in rib' means to cont working those 23 sts, but 4 of them are the front rib pattern that you've been establishing all along. (Many put a marker between the body pattern...referred to as Dot Pat in what you posted....and the front rib.) So you'd have 19 sts of body patt and 4 of the rib.

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Old 02-12-2008, 11:01 PM   #3
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The 4 sts in at front edge will already be in the rib pattern of k1, p1 so just keep doing that. Yes you can leave out sts. Just follow the ribbing pattern that you've been doing. Not st by st as laid out in the previous rows, but look at your knitting. When you see a knit st, knit it; when you see a purl st, purl it.
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You armhole BOs will look like this:

RRRR|DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
RRRR|DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
RRRR|DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

R is rib, D is dot, red is the marker in between. Right edge showed 2st BO.

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Old 02-12-2008, 11:37 PM   #5
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Sorry. Still confused!
But I'll do this way:

For 3rd row, I'll follow the instruction(*k3.p1) until 5 sts instead of 7 sts left. Then I'll k1,p1,k1,p1,k1.

Can I do it like this?

Thanks for your advice, Cam90066 and Suzeeq.
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Yes, I think that'll work. And sorry if I confused you by saying you continue in ribbing, I forgot it was the Dot pattern.
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For R3, per pattern:

3rd row: K0 (0-1-1). *K3.P1. Rep from *to last 5 (7-5-7) sts. K1 (3-1-3). (p1.k1) twice.

You'd do dot patt in 16 sts...7 remain (total 23). K3 (for your sz), then do rib in P1K1 twice (4 sts).

KPKP|KKKPKKKPKKKPKKKPKKK


Rib=black, final K3=green, dot patt=blue.

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thx Suzeeq!
I guess I have to do the same for 7th row: follow the instruction until 5 sts instead of 6 sts left. Then k1,p1,k1,p1,k1.
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What about the 5th row?
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Hi, suzeeq, I don't worry about 5th row since I only cast off 2 sts twice which is on 1st row and 3rd row.

Hi Cam90066, how about R3 for 25 sts? I mean I cast off 2 sts on 1st row, then I have 25 sts when I start 3rd row. Should I do like this:

KPKP|KKKPKKKPKKKPKKKPKKKkk

When I cast off 2 sts, there will be 23 sts left.

Thanks you all for any suggestions!
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