Decreasing moss stitch without destroying the pattern

I’m working on the Minimalist Cardigan by Ruthie Nussbaum and the BO and decreases around the armholes are tripping my moss stitch pattern quite a bit. I already did the back and messed up the pattern, but I didn’t rib back the pattern because, well I didn’t want to! :wall:

Now that I’m on the front, I don’t want to screw it up since people will see that more than the back. This is what I’m working with.

[INDENT][B]Shape armhole:[/B] (WS) BO 5 sts, work in patt to end—38 sts rem. Work 1 row even, then BO 3 sts at beg of next WS row—35 sts rem. Dec 1 st at armhole edge (end of RS rows) every other row 2 times 33 sts rem.[/INDENT]

My question is - how the heck do I do these decreases and BO’s with my pattern?

I wouldn’t worry too much about the decs at the edge showing, most like they’ll be hidden in the armhole seam. If you’re doing them in one st, then k or p tog the opposite of the next stitch. If the stitch after the dec is a knit, then p2tog; if it’s a purl, k2tog.

It’s not that, it’s the fact that I’m somehow getting my pattern off. For instance, I somehow started a rib stitch in one parts of my decreases, then I did a stockinette. If the moss pattern looks like this (below), then how can I do the bind offs and decreases without starting a weird ribbing?

k1, * p1, k1 * end
p1, * k1, p1 * end
Repeat row 2
Repeat row 1

IF I understand what you’re asking and IF I can say this so it makes sense…

I would look at next stitch in the row I just finished and see where it falls in the pattern and then do the stitch I’m working now to fit the pattern. I would look to see what the next stitch in the pattern should be and do it.

HTH or at least doesn’t make things more confusing.

ETA: Sue pointed out I have it wrong so I’m cutting most of what I wrote. Thanks, Sue. I left what I think is right and might help.

That will make a 2 row rib pattern, then you switch. It’s the UK moss stitch, not the US one.

Do you think it’s as easy as in my row binding off in the pattern? For instance - row 1 would read:
BO knit-wise, BO purl-wise, BO knit-wise, BO purl-wise, BO knit-wise, p1, k1, p1, k1 – and so on

I think for the armhole it doesn’t really matter whether you bind off in knit or purl, what matters is making sure you pick up where you should be in the pattern when you start knitting again. I’m assuming you’ll be doing sleeves and seaming them.

Yes, I’ll be seaming the armholes. So, it’s a matter of paying attention better? :cool:

That’s how it works for me. Reading my knitting and seeing where I am in pattern and going of from there. I’ve not had much practice with armholes and decreasing but short rows in double moss stitch/double seed stitch is a trip.

Binding off the armhole in pattern would be better - if you BO in all knits or purls it can cause the edge to spread out a little. Learning to read your stitches and the pattern in those stitches will give you a big boost ahead in your knitting education though.