Can I BO at both ends of a row?

Hi, I’m new to knitting, and this forum. (I’ve been lurking, however, and have used knittinghelp quite a bit in teaching myself how to knit)

I’m working on my first sweater, using this pattern:

My question concerns this part, from the Left Front Section:

Shape Armhole: Dec Row (RS): K4, k3 tog, k to end – 48(49-53-57-61-65) sts. Rep this dec every other RS row 3 times more. AT THE SAME TIME, when armhole measures 1(1 1/2-1 1/2-2-2-2 1/2)”, end on RS.

Shape Neck: Bind off 10 sts, p to end. Continuing to work armhole decs if necessary, bind off 5 sts at neck edge once, 4 sts once, 3 sts twice, 2 sts 3 times, then dec 1 st at neck edge every RS row 4 times – 7(8-12-16-20-24) sts.

The part I don’t understand is this: I start binding off on a WS row - I have to continue to do the armhole decreases for two more RS rows after I’ve started the neck shaping - when it says “bind off 5 sts at the neck edge once, 4 sts once…” do I do that only on WS rows, or can I bind of sts at the end of RS row?


So you’re still doing arm shaping while beginning the neck shaping? You’ll be binding off at the beginning of rows on both the WS and RS.

Well, it’s a cardigan, so the left front piece only has neck shaping on one edge of the piece. The schematic is here:

If I’m still working my armhole decreases at the beginning of my RS rows, I can’t BO at the beginning of both my WS and RS rows - but can I BO at the end of my RS rows?

You can’t bind off at the end because you’ll have a loop left, a big gap and no where to go. All your bindoffs on this kind of thing need to be a the beginning of a row…not necessarily WS or RS depending on pattern.