I'm getting ready to start the Rene cardigan pattern for my mom in size 3X and I am confused about how to read the charts.
Below is the chart for the back, for which you cast on 157 stitches. The way I'm reading the instructions, you start row 1 with the stitch in red, go left to the end of the row (49 sts) then repeat the entire row once (58 sts) , and then start at the beginning of row 1 (right-hand side of chart) and end with the stitch in pink (50 sts). That works for the odd (RS) rows because it gives you 157 sts (equal to the cast-on number for size 3X).
However, when it comes to the even (WS) rows, I know I'm not understanding something. Using the same instructions and the fact that the even-numbered rows are to be read left-to-right, I start counting at the stitch in dark blue, go right to the end of the row (9 sts), then repeat the entire row once (58 sts) , and then start at the beginning of row 2 (left-hand side of chart) and end with the stitch in turquoise (8 sts). That's only 75 sts. What am I not understanding?