Pattern help

Aaahh this pattern! It’s so badly worded but I’m still knitting it up :rofl:

So here is the URL link to it
Taiga Cardigan Pattern

Here is the bit that makes no sense:

Body

Using the smaller circular needle cast on 151(163)175(187)203(219) sts and begin ribbing: (WS) p1, k1, p1, repeat - to end of row. Work until the ribbing measures approx. 10 cm and finish with a WS row.

Switch to the larger needles and work stockinette st back and forth. On the first row place 2 markers: work 36(39)42(45)49(53) sts, place right side marker , work 79(85)91(97)105(113) sts, place left side marker , work to end. 36(39)42(45)49(53) sts in the fronts and 79(85)91(97)105(113) sts in the back.

When the piece measures 73(74)75(76)79(81) cm, separate the fronts and back.

Top right front

With the 36(39)42(45)49(53) right front sts begin neckline decreases: (RS) k1, skp (= slip 1 knitwise, k1, pass slipped st over), work to right side marker. Turn work and leave the other sts on hold. Repeat the decrease every 2,5(2,5)2(2,5)2(2) cm 8(8)9(9)10(10) more times.

Note: When the armhole measures 20(21)22(23)23(24) cm, on every other row bind off at the left end: 3x4 sts and 3x5 sts (6x5 sts) 4x5 sts and 2x6 sts (1x5 sts and 5x6 sts) 4x6 sts and 2x7 sts (6x7 sts).

Top back

Work as established with the 79(85)91(97)105(113) back sts.

When the armhole measures 20(21)22(23)23(24) cm, on every other row bind off at both ends: 3x4 sts and 3x5 sts (6x5 sts) 4x5 sts and 2x6 sts (1x5 sts and 5x6 sts) 4x6 sts and 2x7 sts (6x7 sts). Leave the remaining 25(25)27(27)29(29)sts on hold for the neckline.

So my understanding of this is, ribbing, stockinet till 79cm (assuming that’s the finished length which includes a 6cm garter boarder)

Then to separate the fronts and back, the left side and back (R and L as worn not as you are working it I believe) are put on hold, so you are only working with the front right hand side. Then you start with the neckline decreasing which is decreased every 2.5cm 8 times (I’m making an XS so only the first numbers apply of course)

Then the arm hole decreasing, that’s what I’m stumped on, because if I’m correct in what I said about, how is it possible to be left with 20cm on the side for the arm hole when you are only decreasing the neck line across? I think I’m wrong in what I said above, so some serious decoding of this pattern is needed, no matter which way I try and think of doing it, something or other doesn’t add up with it. I’m still currently doing the stockinet on the body I just want to try and wrap my head around this before I reach the decreasing.

For the smallest size, the total length including the border should be 73cm. You can of course make it longer if you have enough yarn.
For the neckline decreases, you start with one decrease a stitch in from the neck side of the right front. Then decrease every 2.5cm for 8 more times. The 2.5cm is measured up along the row edges. That’s about 4.5rows if you’re on the pattern row gauge. The depth of the armhole will work out to 20cm.

Repeat the decrease every 2,5(2,5)2(2,5)2(2) cm 8(8)9(9)10(10) more times.

I’m not sure if that is the question on the neckline decreases but just post back if it’s off the mark. It’s a gradually sloping neckline although it’s difficult to see in the photos.

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I believe the 20 cm is the vertical measurement from the divide for front and back, this is the underarm and where you measure from. When you get to 20 cm you do some armhole shaping for the sleevecap to fit in. I expect you will still be continuing the neck shaping at the same time.

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Ahh! Now that makes sense thankyou! I do want to make it shorter so I’ll take the neckline decreasing into account. My stitch count is actually double as I’ve substituted the pattern yarn for a finer silk for warmer weathers. I will put in a life line before I do any decreasing just to make sure the work is safe! I know it’s frustrating about the photographs as it’s a really lovely pattern, certainly making me work for it :laughing:

Ahhh now that’s making much more sense!! I’ll be sure to remember that and refer back to your comment when I get there…thankyou ever so much!

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