:hair: :help: I am new to knitting and am having problems understanding my pattern. Can anyone please help!

It reads: P4 [2:4:6:3:5], P2tog, (p4[5:4:4:5:5], p2tog) 9 [9:9:11:11:11] times, p3 [2:4:5:3:5] 53 [59:63:67:73:77] sts.

I understand the first part (I think) - I am on the 1st size inside bracket - so I think it is P2, then P2tog x 5, then p2tog x 9, then p3.

Then I get confused - I have only used 32 stitches so far (according to my calculations!!). I started off casting on 69 stitches with 1st row K1, p1, k1, then 2nd row P1, k1, p1. These 2 rows are now referred to as 1x1 rib. Then work 1 more row in 1x1 rib.

Then it goes on to the above P4 etc. I don’t know how I am supposed to end up with 59 stitches when I have only worked through 32!! Please help and I hope you understand what I have written.

Also, the 1x1 rib which is referred to as the 1st 2 rows - if I only have to do 1 more row, how does that work? Do I have to do 2 more rows of 1x1 rib for 1 row!! Help!