The chain is just dc, ch1 (so a smaller mesh).
Gauge calls for 12 chain sp per 4", and as I noted, that's exactly what I'm getting. In order to get 8 rows/4" I'd have to have probably done tr instead of the dc.
Per your drawing that's essentially how the existing decs are being worked but the smaller row gauge is the problem. Being my new row gauge is almost 50% again (reduction) over what the orig called for, inserting the add'l non-dec row seemed like it'd be a possible solution seeing as I don't know if there's a way to reduce the physical dec. I'm just skipping the first chain sp. (If I could dec by 1/2 the ch sp that'd help.) Is there a diff dec that'd be preferable?
Jack, thanks for your reply and I appreciate any add'l info. I had to rip back not only for the neckline dec but also for one funky st a few more rows back so I'm in 'trial and error' mode.
BTW, my orig shaping left me with 7" of working in filet patt, after decs, to reach shoulder height to match the front. The schematic shows the angle all the way to the shoulder so I have lots of inches to include in the new dec config.
Attached is pic of cardi from the book. The orig calls for a HUGE amt of oversize ease...16-17"....so I'm making a smaller sz...but you can perhaps see that the neckline has a softer slope than mine.