I’m making a sweater for the first time and I’m unsure what the instructions mean. They say “Dec 1 st each side every other row times, every 4th row 4 times”. I understand the abriviations, but I don’t understand what the pattern is asking me to do. Can anyone explain this to me?

You’ll decrease 1 stitch at the beginning and end of the same row and every other row after that the stated number of times. If it doesn’t mess up the pattern, I would do the decreases one stitch in from the edges (on the 2nd and 3rd stitches from each edge). Did the pattern state how many times to do decreases at each edge every other row? Let’s pretend it says 8 times. Then you will do a decrease at each edge, every other row, 8 times. This would mean decreases on rows: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16.

After finishing the every other row decreases, work 3 more rows. Then on the 4th row, and every 4th row following, decrease 1 stitch at each edge.
If you restart counting rows, this would be rows 4, 8, 12, and 16.

When a pattern says “every __th row”, you wait until you get to that number row before you begin the decreases. So, every 3rd row means decreases on rows 3, 6, 9, etc.

Is that copied correctly? It doesn’t quite look right to me. :??

to Jackie F.: Thank you for the explaination. It makes perfect sense now.

to fiskie-kitty

To Jackie F.: Thank you very much for the explaination. The instructions make perfect sense now.

To frisky_kittie: Yes, something was wrong. I forgot to put in a number. It was 4 times, not whatever it was I typed, but that was the only thing that wasn’t directly from the pattern instructions.

Yeah, it looked like a number was missing.

Jackie said it better than I was going to anyway. :rofling: