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Old 03-26-2013, 07:27 PM   #1
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Help with Vest pattern
I've been knitting a vest pattern from the bottom up. I've finished the right and left fronts and now I'm working on the back, the shoulder shaping part.

Everything was fine with the pattern until I got to the shaping shoulders for the back. You start with 85 stitches and decrease down to 65 stitches. Then, here’s the confusion for me:
Row 1 WS p17, k31, p 12, w & t
Row 2 RS k9, ssk, p1, k31, p1, k2tog, k9, w & t
Row 3 p7, p2tog, k1, p2, BO 29, next st p1, k1, ssp, p2,
w & t
Row 4 k 3, p1, k2, turn
Row 5 p2, k1, p3, pwtog, p4, pwtog, p4.
Row 6 k to last 3 sts, p1, k2
Put all 16 sts onto stitch holder.
Attach yarn for left side shoulder on RS:
Row 1 k2, p1, k3 w & t
Row 2 p to last 3 sts, k1 p2
Row 3 k2 p1 k3, kwtog, k4, kwtog, k4
Join both shoulders together with 3 needle BO.

Notice in row 3 you bind off 29 stitches, but you never bind off again.
I thought you would bind off from each side to make it symmetrical. Also when I total up all the decreases, I should have 49 decreased stitches (65 minus 49 equals 16 stitches for the stitch holder) and I count 35 in the directions including the 29 stitch bind off.

After I have 16 stitches on the holder, I am then supposed to work on the left side shoulder? There is no information about how may stitches I am starting with for the left side shoulder. There is no clue that this was to happen, that the back was going to be knitted in 2 parts. There is no drawing for the pattern and no photo for the back. I haven’t been able to find the designer’s email to ask.
Thanks for any help you can provide.
Kris (who lives below the Hollywood sign)

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