Thanks to everyone who made suggestion to my post on 6/14, I figured out part of the mystery: My photocopied pattern was missing three lines of instructions! No wonder it wasn't looking right!
I also hunted around and found the pattern, in full (here) online. Phew!
I now have one more question, which is a silly one, but I've frogged so many times, I want to make sure I'm right about how to finish this off.
The decrease instructions are as follows:
Dec 3 sts at each side of seam every 6th row 8 (9, 10)x as foll:
(Work to 5 sts before marker, S2KP, slip this st to LH needle and k2tog, p1, sm, p1, sl1, k3tog, psso) 4x, work in pat to end of row.
Cont to dec sts in this way.
When piece measures 16” (17”, 18”) / 41 cm (43.5 cm, 46 cm) from beg, work Neck shaping as foll:
Bind off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows, 2 sts at beg of next 6 rows, dec 1 st each side every 2nd row 3 times. After all decs have been made and piece measures 19.5” (20.5”, 21.5”) / 50 cm (52.5 cm, 55 cm) from beg, bind off rem 68 sts.
Along each Front edge, and with RS facing pick up and K66 (70, 74) sts and work in garter st for 2.5“ / 6 cm. Bind off.
I have two questions:
When I get to the neck shaping (underlined), do I abandon the decreasing? It's looking like the neck will end up being enormous.
What does it mean by "decrease 1 stitch each side every 2nd row 3 times"? Where do I decrease, and what decrease method do I use?
Thanks for any insight!