Originally Posted by ktd205
So I have been knitting for a few months now and recently started a cardigan to give myself a challenge. Part of the pattern is a bit confusing to me though: For the neck/shoulder/sleeves shaping there are various binding off instructions. One says to bind off 6 stitches at beg of next 2 rows. Does that mean, bind off 6, knit to the end, turn, bind of 6 and purl to the end? YES
Then for a different section of the sweater, the neck shaping instructions say to "bind off 3 sts at neck edge once, then bind off 2 sts once." That just confuses me. Is it bind off 3 sts at one edge, knit to the end, then turn and bind off 2 sts on the other edge? This bind-off instruction will involve 3 rows:
(Row 1) Bind off 3 stitches at the neck edge...and pattern as usual to the end. Turn the work.
(Row 2) just work pattern as usual. Turn the work.
(Row 3) Bind off 2 stitches at the neck edge...and pattern as usual to the end.
Then ANOTHER instruction is to bind off 6 stitches at armhole edge twice. work 1 row. bind off rem sts. Is that bind off to be done at each edge of the same row? No. The secret is in the wording "at the armhole edge" With the armhole edge facing you, closest to the tip of your left-hand needle:
Row 1: bind off 6 st, pattern to end.
Row 2:Then, work a row, no bindoffs at armhole edge.
Row 3: Then Bind off 6 st again at the armhole edge, pattern to end.
Row 4: Then, work a row, no bindoffs at armhole edge.
Row 5: Then bind off all remaining stitches.
There just seem to be different binding off instructions, and I don't know if they actually are different, or basically saying the same thing.
I know there is a lot here, but any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
I have answered your questions IN BLUE, above.
NOTE: I make myself a notebook, to keep track of the "jobs" that need to be done on each row, once that neck-edge shaping and armhole-edge shaping commences.
Sometimes, when 'worlds collide'...you will be binding off at the neck edge, and on the very next row, you will be binding off for the armhole edge.
In my answers above, I was addressing each specific question regarding either the neck edge bindoffs, or the armhole bindoffs.