# Help understanding pattern

I am going to knit this swing cardigan https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/simple-spring-swing-cardigan

BACK: dec 1 st each side every 6 rows 9 (9, 0, 0) times.
I am makng large. What does decreasing 0 times mean?

When thereâ€™s a 0 for your size, skip over that direction and go on to the next direction.
Cute jacket!

How do I skip over that step if it says to decrease every 6th row so many times? I am making large.
The next step says every 8 rows 0 (0, 7, 7, 0) times. Do you mean only do the decrease the one time at this step?
I like the cardigan too. I want to try and make the sleeves 3/4 length.

Go on to the next step, the dec every 8 rows, 7 times. Thatâ€™s the only direction that matters for you. Forget about the earlier direction which only applies to the 1st and 2nd sizes.

Youâ€™ll notice that the current direction has a 0 for the 1st and 2nd sizes.

Ahhh! Thank you, I understand. As always, youâ€™ve been a big help. Thanks! Happy New Year salmonmac!

Happy new year to you and everyone!

Thank you!

Hi again salmonmac, I followed your instructions skipping over the step that you said is for the smaller sizes since I am making large. I have 113 sts on which means I should have 99 sts left when done decreasing however the step you said I should move onto (large) says decrease every 12 rows 0 times. Once again I donâ€™t understand what they mean by 0 times?

Also the pattern says decease every 6 rowsâ€¦, every 8 rows, then every 12 rows which seems to mean I am decreasing for each of these rows? Iâ€™m terribly confused.

OK, this can be confusing. It may help to circle the directions for your size before going any further.

For the decreases on the back:
"â€¦ dec 1 st each side every 6 rows 9 (9, 0, 0, 0) times, every 8 rows 0 (0, 7, 7, 0) times, then every 12 rows 0 (0, 0, 0, 5) times â€“ 81 (90, 99, 108, 116) sts. "

The bolded directions are the only ones that apply to your size. Disregard everything else.
When you decrease one stitch on each side 7 times, thatâ€™ll be 14sts dec (113-14=99)

Thank you for being so patient. Iâ€™ve been a knitter for years but only easy patterns. Wish companies would explain instructions better for beginnerâ€™s like me.
Thank you again for your help. One way or another I wll knit this sweater.

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Yes, you will. Come back anytime and ask whatever. Looking forward to a photo of the finished sweater.

I hate patterns too.