Help With Pattern Knitting Lingo

Hi everyone!

I have been knitting sporadically ever since I was a young child and this is my first time following a pattern to make something!

I tried to decipher the lingo by myself but I am having trouble with one area.

I am working on a small cardigan and the instructions I am on right now are…

With smaller needles, cast on 98 sts.
Ribbing: Row 1 (RS): K2, * p2, k2, rep from * across.
Row 2: P2, * k2, p2, rep from * across. Rep these 2 rows until piece measures 2” from beg, end on RS.
Change to larger straight needles and p the next row, [B]decreasing 26 sts across – 72 sts.[/B] Work even in St st until piece measures 3" from beg, end on WS.

I am not sure what the decreasing should look like. I know how to decrease, but am I supposed to do it all at once, or one or two stitches per row until I have 76 left? Help and thanks!

You started out with 98 stitches, now it says:

Change to larger straight needles and p the next row, decreasing 26 sts across – 72 sts.
When it says “across” it is indicating that you do it all across that one purl row. If I thought that out correctly that would be almost P2, p2 together and repeat that over the whole row. I think several times they may have to be only 1 st between decreases to get all 26. Just try to do them as evenly as possible, but absolute perfection is not needed. When you have decreased (p2tog) 26 times you will have 72 left.

Thanks for your help! I’ll try it out :slight_smile: