Determinig "pattern"

I am very new to knitting and need help on understanding this section of the pattern. It is a vest.
Here is the pattern:

Row 1 (RS): P3, k across to last 3 sts, p3.
[Row 2: Sl1k, k2, p across to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 3: Sl1p, p2, k across to last 3 sts, p3.] Rep bet [ ] to 7 (7, 6.5, 6.5 6, 6)” 18 (18, 16.5, 16.5, 15.5, 15.5cm), ending WS.

Armhole incs [Row 1 (RS): Work 6 pat sts, Lsl inc, k to last 6 sts, Rsl inc, pat to end.
Row 2: Pat across.] Rep bet [ ] 2 (4, 6, 7, 8, 9) times - 71 (80, 89, 96, 98, 105) sts, ending WS.

My question is about the Armhole Incr. It says to work 6 pat sts.
What does that mean?
Is row 2 & 3 above the “pattern”???

Thanks if advance for your help!:muah:


That means to work 6 sts in the pattern stitch, which would be stockinette, with purled garter sts for the first and last 3 sts as in rows 1 and 2. The decrease rows maintain the 3 edge garter sts, so the inc rows should do so as well. The first inc row would be - p3, k3, Lsl inc, k to last 6 sts, Rsl inc, k3, p3.

thank you
Just to make sure I understand…

Row 2: Pat across]

would be Sl1k, k2, p across to last 3 sts, k3

Is there somewhere on this site a page that explains these types of terms? I have the knitting help app and it is wonderful! but couldn’t find an answer to this type of question

Thanks again so much!

Yes, that’s right. The Glossary page here at Knitting Help has a lot of the terms used in patterns as related to stitches themselves, such as sl, k2tog, p3, and so on. Other terms such a ‘pat’ aren’t there, I think, but you can always ask us.

In row 2 of that same section, what is a Lsl and Rsl inc?

It should say in the pattern up after the yarn and needle information and before the CO instructions. Left Slipped inc and Right Slipped inc, I suppose, but not sure which one they mean.