Help with a vest knitting pattern please!

Hi there, I have just started knitting a 4ply vest (called slipover with rib edging in the pattern) from Wendy’s. I have just started the back, and have completed the following:

Using 2 3/4 needles, cast on 113 sts.
1st row - K1, *P1, K1, rept from * to end.
2nd row - P1, *K1, P1, rept from * to end.
Rept the last two rows for 5cm finishing on a 1st row.

I am now up to the next part which goes as follows:

Next row (inc row) - Rib 6, inc in next st, *rib 16, inc in next st, inc in next st, rept from * to last 7 sts, rib to end. 141 sts.

I am confused my the following instructions, and if someone could please explain them in simple beginner terms that would be great!

  • rib 6 (does this mean knit 6 purl 6 or do 3 knit and 3 purl stitches or something else?)
  • inc in next st (do I just increase one stitch?
  • rib 12
  • rib to end

Thank you in advance !!!

This is the transition from ribbing to stockinette stitch. There are increases needed and the pattern has nicely given you a way to distribute those increases across this row. “Rib 6” means to work 6 sts in the rib pattern you have already established (p1,k1,p1,k1,p1,k1). Then increase in the next stitch. A knit front and back (kfb) will work here or you could use your favorite increase that uses up a stitch. Yes, increase one stitch.
As you continue, remember to keep the columns of knit and purls aligned. Yes, at the places with the increases there’ll be 2 knits or 2 purls but the other sts should stay aligned with previous rows. The pattern stitch transitions to stockinette in the next row anyway.


Thanks so much @salmonmac ! This is super clear and very helpful :star_struck:

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