I’m trying to follow a pattern and was doing well til I got to the instruction that said, “Dec in this way at each end of 2 foll 4th rows and next 2 RS rows. 4 sts.” Can anyone interpret this for me?

# Beginner needs help with reading a pattern

If I’m reading it correctly I think it says the followign:

Presuming the following row is row 1:

Work the described decrease (I assume there is a description of a decrease before this) in at the beginning and end of the 4th and 8th rows. (I get this from “at each end of 2 following 4th rows”)

Then work it every other row when the right side faces you. (“and next 2 rs rows”) So, if you start with a wrong side row:

Row 1: Work normally

Row 2: Work normally

Row 3: Work normally

Row 4: Work Decreases at each end

Row 5: Work normally

Row 6: Work normally

Row 7: Work normally

Row 8: Work Decreases at each end

Row 9: (which is a WS row) Work normally

Row 10: Work Decreases at each end

Row 11: Work normally

Row 12: Work Decreases at each end

If you started with a RS Row, you will need one fewer rows to get the decreases in the right place:

Row 1: Work normally

Row 2: Work normally

Row 3: Work normally

Row 4: Work Decreases at each end

Row 5: Work normally

Row 6: Work normally

Row 7: Work normally

Row 8: Work Decreases at each end

Row 9: (which is a RS row) Work Decreases at each end

Row 10: Work normally

Row 11: Work Decreases at each end

That’s my best guess without being able to see the pattern

Thanks Marnie! That’s what I was thinking, but I’m just starting out(4th project - a teddy for my nephew) and it was confusing. I’m going to give it a try as you suggest.

If I’m reading it correctly I think it says the followign:

Presuming the following row is row 1:

Work the described decrease (I assume there is a description of a decrease before this) in at the beginning and end of the 4th and 8th rows. (I get this from “at each end of 2 following 4th rows”)

Then work it every other row when the right side faces you. (“and next 2 rs rows”) So, if you start with a wrong side row:

Row 1: Work normally

Row 2: Work normally

Row 3: Work normally

Row 4: Work Decreases at each end

Row 5: Work normally

Row 6: Work normally

Row 7: Work normally

Row 8: Work Decreases at each end

Row 9: (which is a WS row) Work normally

Row 10: Work Decreases at each end

Row 11: Work normally

Row 12: Work Decreases at each end

If you started with a RS Row, you will need one fewer rows to get the decreases in the right place:

Row 1: Work normally

Row 2: Work normally

Row 3: Work normally

Row 4: Work Decreases at each end

Row 5: Work normally

Row 6: Work normally

Row 7: Work normally

Row 8: Work Decreases at each end

Row 9: (which is a RS row) Work Decreases at each end

Row 10: Work normally

Row 11: Work Decreases at each end

That’s my best guess without being able to see the pattern[/quote]