hello–I am a fairly new knitter. I am trying to knit my husband a top-down cardigan (v neck) in broken rib. it is magical how the shoulders, back and front shape up!! but i cannot seem to keep the broken rib pattern. no matter what I try the ribs start to go diagonal verses the lining up straight down.
the pattern has you increasing before and after markers every other row, and on every 4th row you are increasing one stitch on the fronts. you are supposed to knit into front and back of the stitch to increase, but I have been doing m1s instead like the video by Elizabeth Zimmerman. between the markers there is always an even # of stitches, but the fronts sometimes have an odd # and sometimes even (though the total number of stitches all around is always even). in my own attempts to fix this, when the front stitches are an even number I tried started with a k, when odd I started with a p. This kept some of the sections in pattern, but one front and shoulder are still heading diagonal! i have ripped this out and started over 6 times trying to figure this out! please help!!