Is this pattern too hard for me to understand?

This pattern is great! but…i swear she just explains it in a difficult manner…can someone break this down for me…just look it over and tell me if its difficult…

The basic “unit” of this coat is 40 stitches, but you cast on 5 less to make the neck region.

Instructions:

Cast on 35 stitches.
On the same needle, with the same yarn (maybe the other end of the skein), cast on another 35 stitches. Work these two bits separately for 5 ridges (10 rows).

Then: Knit across first piece, place marker, make a stitch, knit across second piece–pieces are now joined. Knit back.

Now you are going to do a double decrease at the marked stitch on every other row until half the stitches are used.

What I do is: Knit to one stitch before marker, move the marker back one stitch by slipping the next stitch, take marker off, put stitch back on left-hand needle, put marker on right needle, do S2KP (slip 2, knit one, pass slipped stitches over), knit to end. Knit back.

Repeat these two rows until there are 20 stitches before the marker (41 stitches total). Knit 4 rows even (underarm section).

Now start to increase. Knit to before marker, make 1, slip marker, knit 1, make 1, knit to end. Knit back. Repeat this until there are 40 stitches in front of the marker (81 stitches in total). This is the middle of the back.

Next row: knit to marker, slide marker, k1, bind off the rest of the stitches.
Next row: Cast on 40 stitches, knit to the end of the row.

Alternatively, one could:

  1. bind off the first 40 stitches (to the marker), knit to the end of the row.
  2. Knit 41, PM, cast on 40 stitches.

Now do the double decreases like on the front until there are 20 stitches before the marker, knit 4 plain rows (second underarm), do the double increases until there are 35 stitches before the marker.

Knit 35, cast off 1, knit to end. You will now work both 35-stitch sections separately for 5 rows, cast both off.

Sew tops of sleeves together. Put I-cord or crochet around edges, making a loop at the top of one side of collar for a buttonhole, put button on other side of collar. Alternately, sew buttons to one side of front, put I-cord or crochet down other side of front, not attaching it where the buttons are, to make the buttonholes.

I think that if you just do what the directions say, one step at a time, it should work out. In fact, I find this to be a rather specific pattern in that every step is given without assuming that you know to slip the marker, etc.

I say give it a try as its written, and if you get hung up, just ask.

Hi, Katreise! That does look a bit overwhelming, but I think Ingrid is right. You should be able to do it one step at a time. The finished sweater is DARLING :heart: ! Good luck!