Help with Rowan Charisma pattern

Hi there!

I am a novice-knitter trying out something new and would really appreciate some guidance, please. I’ve started with the Rowan Charisma pattern (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/charisma-8). I had no issue doing the ribbing and the initial 4 row pattern (which forms the pattern). However, I am struggling to understand what exactly is required in the following:

“ Keeping patt correct, inc 1 st at each end of next and foll 12 alt rows, then on foll 40 rows, taking inc sts into patt and ending with WS facing for next row.
209 sts”

At the outset, do I immediately, in the first row, start the increase?
And then, do I increase every alternate row for the following 12 rows?
Then increase every row for the following 40 rows?

I might just add that I started with 103 stitches and no further increases were required. How do I then get to 209 stitches?

I have googled for corrections to this pattern but haven’t found anything.

Isabel,
As you start the increase, you are doing 1 increase at the end of next AND following 12 alternate rows, then on following 40 rows. So, starting with your 103 stitches+26 (2 stitches for each increase row) +80 stitches = 209 sttitches. You are starting the increases on the row following what you just completed (RS row), then the following alternate rows, so if you call the next row 1, the alternate rows would be 3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25 and then the following 40 rows. Since the increases are at EACH end of the rows, you can just follow do your stitch in either knit or purl as appropriate.

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Thank you Claudia for your reply. This makes sense!

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Isabel1,
That’s what the forum is all about -it’s been a source of information and support for me (and many, many others) for the entire time I have been knitting and it is only recently that I have felt like I can participate in answering questions (as opposed to only asking for help), so your feedback is truly appreciated. We’d love to see a photo when you are finished!

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Claudia,
I am so happy to have come across this forum! I have no-one close to ask silly questions to. The forum is very informative.
I will most certainly post a pic!