(New Knitter) Not Sure What The Pattern Means

Hi, I’m a brand-new knitter as of this week (although I’ve been crocheting for a solid year or so now.) This is my very first attempt at any sort of garment and my first knitted project. I am following this March Basic pattern offered at Berroco in the Medium size (I’ve bolded the Med. stitch #): http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/march_basic/march_basic.html.

I am in the Decreasing Row, but I have [B]no[/B] idea what the pattern is asking me to do in this section:

“[I]Continue in this manner to dec 1 st 16(18-[B]20[/B]-23-25-28) sts in from each edge every 1” twice more, then every 3/4” 4 times – 69(75-[B]85[/B]-95-105-115) sts. Work even until piece measures 9” from beg, end on WS. Inc 1 st each end of next row – 71(77-[B]87[/B]-97-107-117) sts. Rep this inc every 3/4” 4 times more, then every 1/2” twice. Work even on 83(89-[B]99[/B]-109-119-129) sts until piece measures 13 1/2” from beg, end on WS.[/I]”

What does it mean “twice more”? Do I continue to K20, SSK, K55, K2TOG, K20 for another 1"? Also, at the end of the first sentence of the first Decreasing Row, it has “K20 - 97 sts.”; what does that mean? When I complete the first sentence of the Decreasing Row, the total amount of stitches I have is 97… is it asking me to subtract for some reason? :?? I’m just completely lost with this entire section of instructions…

Thank you so much for any help you can provide! I really appreciate it! :slight_smile:

“[I]Continue in this manner to dec 1 st 16(18-[B]20[/B]-23-25-28) sts in from each edge every 1” twice more, then every 3/4” 4 times – 69(75-[B]85[/B]-95-105-115) sts. Work even until piece measures 9” from beg, end on WS. Inc 1 st each end of next row – 71(77-[B]87[/B]-97-107-117) sts. Rep this inc every 3/4” 4 times more, then every 1/2” twice. Work even on 83(89-[B]99[/B]-109-119-129) sts until piece measures 13 1/2” from beg, end on WS.[/I]”

You will do these instructions: K16(18-20-23-25-28), SSK, k47(49-55-59-65-69), k2 tog, k16(18-20-23-25-28) – 81(87-97-107-117-127) sts. a total of three times. Do your first decrease row…then it looks like you’d just do stockinette rows (knit a row, purl a row) for another inch…then do that decrease row (this will be your second time), then stockinette for another inch, then the decrease row again (this is your third decrease row, for a total of three decrease rows). Then do your stockinette stitch for 3/4", then the decrease row, stockinette for 3/4", etc. until you’ve done this four times. It helps to keep a record of your rows on a piece of paper or something so you don’t forget how many times you’ve done the decrease row.

It means you’ll repeat the row with the decs two more times an inch apart. The st numbers between the decreases won’t be the same because you’ll be losing stitches. The ‘-97’ is just information and not an instruction, it’s a hyphen, not a minus sign. You’ll have 97 sts at the end of the decreases.

Oh! Thank you so much! Makes much more sense now…

And thanks for explaining that the hyphen isn’t a minus; that was baffling me. :slight_smile:

Thank you, thank you both of you!