Hi… I am currently working a ribbed cardigan from Knitters Mag, Winter 2004 (pg43) I started with the Left Front panel (of “her” version) and am trying to understand the first row after the first decrease row.

The patt is a basketweave. I just bound off 12 stitches (‘shape armhole’). Worked ‘even’ for three more rows. (Had help from my friends at work to understand that…) Now I am wondering how to keep track of my pattern stitches as I keep decreasing.

Since my first decrease row was Row 5, and I was decreasing at the end, this was no problem. However, for Row 6 (and subsequent even rows), I believe I have to alter how I START the row(s)… not knitting per the written pattern exactly, but by subtracting the first stitch(es) in the pattern…per the number of DEC stitches ‘so far’… Is this correct?

[size=2]and… If so… after I have dec’d one stich every other row for 9 times, will I be certifiably insane from the number of things I have to keep track of??? [Every other row, how many of those every other rows have I done, how many stitches to be subtracting the right number of stitches from the beginning of each new post-dec row; don’t forget to measure and stop in time; who thought knitting was such a good idea?.. :shock: ]

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Let me know if I’m not being explicit enough about my confusion!

Thanks so much,

Katharyn

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