Help, math doesn’t compute

I am working on the left front of the Madelyn cardigan from premier yarns. I’m knitting the medium size (first number in parentheses) and am about to decrease. The math doesn’t seem to add up. :
Neck Shaping
Dec Row (RS): Knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 1 st dec’d. Next Row: Purl.
Rep Dec Row every 6th (8th, 6th, 6th, 4th, 4th, 4th) row, 5 (2, 1, 6, 12, 10, 7) more time(s), then every
– (6th, 4th, 4th, --, 2nd, 2nd) row, – (3, 9, 2, --, 5, 12) times – 18 (24, 25, 27, 29, 32, 34) sts.
Work even in St st until armhole measures 81⁄2 (91⁄2, 101⁄2, 11, 111⁄2, 12, 121⁄2)” ending with a WS row.
Shape Shoulders
Bind off 9 (11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17) sts, knit to end

I’m calculating 21 stitches left instead of 24
Should I stop decreasing after the 6 decreases OR do all decreases and end up with 21 stitches?

Did you start with 30sts? There’s the first decrease of one stitch followed by decreases on two more rows then on 3 more rows. That’s 6 decreases total and should leave you with 24sts.

If you call the first decrease row, row 1, the decreases are on rows 1, 9, 17 (that’s every 8th row) and then rows 23, 29 and 35 (that’s every 6th row).

Salmonmac you are the best! I guess I wasn’t looking at the right numbers. I like how to figure out which rows are involved so that counting is easier.
Also thanks for the picking up stitches tips too. My sweaters are so much better and dividing stitches up makes it so much easier. Thanks.


You’re on your way. Have fun knitting this lovely cardi!

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