Hi, be really grateful if someone could help me understand decreasing stitches, keeping to pattern. I thought I had it worked out but I don’t. I’ve read lots of posts but they just don’t make sense to me.
I am on my third knitting project and I chose one categorised as easy but with a pattern - a baby’s jumper with repeating diamonds. I’m now at the armholes so starting to decrease stitches.
The pattern says
"Keeping patt correct, cast off 5 sts at beginning of next two rows …73 sts".
Then I have to dec on st at each end of row, then in every foll alt row.
I did a visual chart to help me work out the stitch I needed to start on after casting off but when I started knitting I realised that to cast off 5 stitches you need to effectively knit 6 stitches (at least that’s how it seems to me).
The two rows I need to cast off 5 are:
K5, *P1, K7, rep to * to last 6 sts, P1, K5
P4, *K1, P1, K1, P5, rep from * to last 7 sts, K1, P1, K1, P4
This is how I thought it would work:
Cast off 5, *P1, K7, rep from * to last 6 sts, P1, K5
Cast off 5, P1, K1, *P5, K1, P1, K1, rep from * to last 7 sts, P5, K1, P1
I know there’s a mistake in that because when I got to the end of the first row I could only do P1, K4.
I’m confused - does that mean the last stitch I knit to cast off should be in the pattern?