# Help with Baby Pattern Sweater: Sirdar (Pattern 1682)

I’m shaping the left front of a baby sweater w/a shawl collar. The pattern isn’t working where the decreases start. I’ve ripped this out so many times, I could have made ten baby sweaters! This is the pattern:

C/O 31 sts
R1: K1, P2k2,p2 to last st, K1
R2: P1
k2P2 to last 3 sts, K2,P1
R3: Knit and R4: Purl
R5: Same as Row 1
R6: Same as Row 2
R7: Purl and R8: Knit

Here’s the decreases (and where the problem starts):
R1: Work patt to last 2 sts, patt2tog (I purled the last 2 sts) = 30 sts

Since the dec is at the end of this row, how do I start row 2? Do I eliminate the P1, and start the row with K2? Or start with a P1 and continue the row?

Then, you dec 1 st at each front edge in the 3rd row, and then every foll 4th row. Somehow, my pattern has shifted left 1 or 2 sts. The only difference is the dec is at the end of the 1st row, and all other dec are at the beg of the rows. I eliminated the P1 in row 2, and then eliminated an equal number of sts in the rows after the decreases. Doesn’t look right. What am I doing wrong?

Help!!! Marlene

Hi Marly,

You want to maintain the pattern stitch as established while you’re decreasing. Seems like the p2tog you did would be fine. Then, as you thought, you’d eliminate the p1 at the beginning of the following row.

Same with the front edge. Are you able to tell from looking at them which stitch is supposed to be knit & which is supposed to be purled? That would be a big help in maintaining the pattern.

Hope this helps some…

Diane

Thanks for your response. I was finally able to maintain the pattern with the decreases.