Help with decreasing to make raglan sleeves

Hi everyone,

I’m getting back into knitting after a long hiatus & was hoping for some help with a baby’s mock cable sweater.

To shape raglan arm holes instructions are as follows:

Cast off 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows (86 stitches). Dec at each end of next and foll alt rows until 44 sts remain.

My problem is with the decrease instruction - I’ve been decreasing one stitch at each end of the alternating rows, however I’ve realised that it’ll take 42 rows to get to 44 sts if I do alternating rows & it doesn’t seem right!! Should I be decreasing 2 sts at each end of the alternating row (so 4 sts each decrease row in total)?

Thanks in advance :slight_smile:

This is going to take the sleeve from the underarm bind off diagonally up to somewhere near the top of the sleeve. You can calculate the length that 42 rows will give you from the row gauge that you’re getting and see if that number of inches makes sense for the sweater size and schematic (assuming there’s one with your pattern).

Should have clarified this is for the back. So with the instruction ‘dec at each end of next & alt rows’ you’d decrease one stitch at each end of a row, then knit row without decreasing, then decrease one stitch at each end of row (etc) until remaining number of stitches reached? Not decrease 2 at each end of row?

Ah, you did say armholes. I just missed it but the same holds true for the back. See what 42rows measures and see if that seems like a reasonable length from the underarm to the neck (or wherever the decreases leave off). Yes, it’s one st at each end of the row, then one row plain so it will take 42 rows.

Thank you! I’ll be glad soon enough that newborn knitting always seems bigger I guess :slight_smile: