I am working on a top down cardigan and am on the lower band, I am having trouble with the following:

Lower Band:
Next Row (WS) *K 1, p 1; rep from * across, dec 1 st at center of back - 161. (This I did no problem)

Next row K6, *p 1, k1; rep from * to last 5 sts, k 5. Continue in pat as established until band measures 2", continuing buttonholes as necessary. Bind off in pat.

What I don’t understand is “Continue in pat as established” Does this mean I repeat BOTH rows or just the last row?

“Pattern as established” in this case would be ribbing with 5 stitches of garter at each edge.

So always knit the first and last 5 stitches on every row.

In between, work in k1p1 ribbing–knit the knits and purl the purls. You don’t have to decrease anymore.

I’m probably going out on a limb here, but that’s never troubled me much. I think the “pattern as established” is stockinette for the front band and ribbing for the bottom band. So you would knit those 5 and 6 stitches on the right side (I’m assuming 5 sts on the underneath band when the cardigan is closed and 6 on the side that’s on top), purl them on the wrong side, and do the ribbing across the bottom band.

Does your pattern indicate that it has a specific ‘Pattern stitch’? If so, that would indicate how many rows constitute the patt. Or is the ‘pattern’…at this point…just the rib/band?


I think the bands would be garter stitch, since you’re knitting on both the right and wrong side.