Alternate and following rows help

Hi! Very grateful for help reading this pattern:

1st row knit
2nd row cast on 5 sts K1 P1
Cast on 3 sts at beg of alt rows 14 times, AT SAME TIME inc at beg of 3rd and foll 6 rows 5 times in all.

Do I cast on 3 stitches on the knit rows or the rib rows?
Is it just one increase stitch on the increase rows?
Is the first increase row the row immediately following the first rib row (ie the third row in the pattern), or the third row after I cast on 3 stitches for the first time?

Thanks in advance :slight_smile:

Welcome to KnittingHelp!
What is the name of your pattern?
If you use the numbering in the pattern for 1st and 2nd rows then the following cast ons of 3sts are at the beginning of rows 4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22,24,26,28 and 30.
The increases are at the beginning or rows 3,9,15,21 and 27. (I’m assuming the directions are “…and the foll 6th rows 5 times in all.” It’s probably one stitch increase but there may be earlier increases that can help with that or the stitch numbers before and after the cast ons and increases may help.

Thank you salmonmac!
The pattern is Paton’s Charm Lady’s Jumper, book 732 (1980-something). Hopefully the picture of the pattern uploads successfully.

My question is about the sleeves. I am knitting size 12. Adding up to the total stitch numbers, to get to 71 stitches it looks like only 4 stitches are added as increases and I can choose where to do that, in some combination of the 3rd or 6th rows. I guess there will a place in the pattern I will need to do that to keep the rib stitch pattern correct?

The pattern is actually telling you that once you’ve completed the cast on of 3sts every alternate row and the increase of one stitch 5 times you’re at 69sts. Then there are 2 more increases on 6th rows to bring you to 71sts. So after the cast ons of 3sts you’re at 64sts plus the 5 increases + 2 increases takes you to 71sts. The pattern is telling you where to place the increases so that you don’t have to choose.

I make a chart with column headings for increases, decreases, cast ons and cast off. The list row numbers in each column just to keep things simple and maintain sanity. You can do this on paper or in a spreadsheet if that’s easier.

Once you get to 71sts we can help with the following decreases and cast offs. It’s a vintage pattern and is heavily dependent on row numbers and therefore row gauge. You should measure the sleeve width as you knit to make sure you’re on track and like the width. It’s a slightly unusual construction with the sleeves knit sideways.

Please edit your post and remove the entire pattern photo. If you could post just the sleeve directions that would be ok. We can’t post large portions of patterns on the forum due to designer copyright.