I’m starting the free pattern Ginger and being a beginner knitter, I’m a bit confused by this (indented):
Beg with a K row, work in st st as folls:
Work 8 rows.
Change to 5mm (US 8) needles.
Dec 1 st at each end of next and every foll 6th row until 54 (58: 62: 66: 70) sts rem.
Work 9 (11: 11: 13: 13) rows, ending with a WS row.***
Inc 1 st at each end of next and every foll 6th row until there are 66 (70: 74: 78: 82) sts."
-So do I decrease on the row immediately after the 8th row, meaning rows 9,15, 21, etc until I reach the corresponding stitch count according to my size? Then 11 rows of stockinette?
Same with the increase?
"Row 1 (RS): K2, K2tog, K to last 4 sts, K2tog tbl, K1, pick up loop lying between
needles and place loop on right needle (note: this loop does NOT count as a st), sl
*last st knitwise"
-Does it matter if I pick it up from the back or front?
I’ve never encountered a pattern like this so it’s a bit confusing with the shortcuts. I’d really appreciate your help. Thanks!