The pattern has me doing 12 rows of ribbing, then it reads:Change to garter st. K 4 1/2 ins.
Is this 4 1/2 inches from where I started the garter stitch, or 4 1/2 inches from the CO edge?
I'd say 4½" from where you start the garter st. 12 rows would be about 2-3" by itself. What does the next set of instructions say? Sometimes reading ahead can clear things up.
The next step is to switch back to the ribbing. Which wasn't much help.
I'll go ahead and do 4 1/2 inches of the body then. Thank you for the input.