Help please

Hi, I’m fairly new to knitting and have started knitting a cardigan. I’ve come to the part of the pattern that requires shaping the front left side and reads

Keeping patt correct, dec 1 st at end of next and 2[3] foll 4th rows, then on 5[5] foll 6th rows. 28[30] sts.

[I am following sizing in the parentheses]

Would someone please be able to simplify these instructions?

Welcome to the forum!
Call the next row, row 1. Dec at the end of rows 1,5,9 and 13, then rows 19,25,31,37 and 43.

Thank you.

I am on the next part which reads

Keeping patt correct, cast off 5[6:6:7:8] sts at beg of next and foll 1[3:0:3:3] alt rows, then 6[0:7:0:0] sts at beg of foll 2[0:3:0:0] alt rows.

Work 1 row.

Cast off rem 6[6:7:8:8] sts

Would you please be able to explain these instructions? I have 30 stitches on my needle and am working on the second size.

Many thanks :blush:

Good going!
Cast of 6sts at the beginning of the next row, call it row 1. Then cast off 6sts at the beginning of rows 3,5 and 7. That’s it. You can skip over any directions that have a 0 (or a - or an x) for your size.
Work one row then cast off the remaining 6sts.

You might want to think about working this as a smoother cast off rather than “stairsteps.” If not, just know that this technique exists and might be handy in future.

Thank you so much :pray:t4: that’s a real help. I’ll take a look at the smoother slope you have mentioned as it seems like it would be a neater finish :blush:

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Hi, I’m back lol
I’m now on the sleeves and am on the part where I need to increase and shape the sleeve.
Cont in st-st, shaping sides by inc 1 st at each end of 3rd[next:next:next:next] and 0[5:13:12:9] foll 4th rows, then on every foll 6th row until there are 50[56:62:64:64] sts.

Would you please be able to simplify these for me? I don’t understand what [next:next:next:next] means in this instruction….

Cont in st-st, shaping sides by inc 1 st at each end of next and 5 foll 4th rows, then on every foll 6th row until there are 56 sts.

Ok for the second size the directions simplify to the above. So if you call the next row, row 1 then you would increase 1 stitch at each end of rows 1,5,9,13,17 and 21 (that’s the next row and the 5 following 4th rows). Then you would increase on rows 27,33,39,45,51 etc until you get to 56sts. You may get there before row 51 but the idea is to increase every 6 rows.

You are making fast progress! Good going.

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Thanks you so much :slight_smile::+1:t4: You’ve made the process a lot more enjoyable

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Delighted to help. We’re all about making knitting more fun. Enjoy finishing up!

It is only repeated because it is for all the sizes in the same way as the different numbers are written inside the brackets for different sizes. This one looks different because of the words repeated rather than numbers but it means the same thing, ignore all the bits that are not for your chosen size.