Actually you add a stitch after exactly 16 sts.
Why? You start with 176 sts and you want to add ten sts evenly spaced. Up until tonight I would have divided by 10 getting 17.6 sts between increases, then I would have said "but that will leave the last increase hanging out after the last stitch." So I would have started with just 8 sts before my first increase. But tonight I saw the math light turn on! :woot:
I looked at my hand and saw the fingers as the equal groups of sts and the spaces between my fingers as where I could add an increase. (not counting the thumb) I have 4 fingers but only 3 places to increase. Does that mean if I want 10 increases I need 11 equal parts? then I looked at the cast on count of 176 and saw that it was indeed 16 * 11 = 176.
I wish I would have remembered that little math trick when I was measuring to place the balusters in the railing on my front porch. I just realized I made it a lot harder on myself than it could have been. :doh:
Since you want some stitches before and after each increase you need to divide your stitches by one more than the number to be added. (10+1 = 11) so 176 divided by 11 = 16!
I guess the designer planned it that way.
Now, what increase does the pattern suggest? If it is your choice then I suggest looking here for the different increases you could use. Amy made a bunch of videos about increases complete with a comparison sample here on knitting help. You can find them if you follow that link or by pointing at the "Free Videos" tab above and then clicking on "increases" when it pops up below the tabs.
Now anytime I look at my front porch I'll be shaking my head and thinking about evenly spaced increases in knitting and how I could have measured and divided a whole lot easier than what I did. :roll:
Good luck with your pattern.[/COLOR]