I cannot seem to figure this out, I hope someone can help me. I’m working on an “easy bulky sweater” by Melinda Goodfellow. I have done the back of the sweater in a stockinette stitch for 18", and now it’s time for me to start the armhole shaping. For the back so far, I have [I]88[/I] stitches which is correct. The directions now read:
Armhole shaping: Bind off 3 sts at beginning of next 2 rows. There are [I]82[/I] sts on needle. Continue to work in stockinette stitch until armhole measures 11".
Okay, so I tried binding off 3 stitches, but after binding them off I am left with one stitch for those bound off stitches, leaving me a total of 86 stitches on the row instead of 82. So obviously I am binding the 3 stitches off wrong. What I did was knit one stitch onto my right needle, then bound off one stitch, then bound off a another stitch, which left me with one stitch on my right needle. So by continuing across the row, it doesn’t add up to 82 stitches, I have 86 now. Does that make sense? How should I be binding those three stitches off instead, so that I am left with 82 stitches all the way across?