Instructions interpretation - please help

I’m currently working on a Sweep puppet (as in Sooty and Sweep). If it has uploaded correctly, the picture shows the right side of Sweep’s head.

The next of instructions are as follows: ‘keeping shaped edge straight dec 1 st at straight edge on next and every foll alt row until 23 sts rem, thus ending with a p row.’ What does this mean?

Welcome!
You probably have the best idea of where this pattern is going. To me it sounda as if you have a straight edge and a curved edge. On the following rows there will be no more shaping on the curved edge ( knit it straight). On the straight edge however begin shaping by decreasing on every other row.

sorry for not answering straight back - went to try tip out. and I want to say, thank you - it has worked and looks perfect :slight_smile: