I’ve started a pattern out of the Expectant Knitter, Girl’s Summer Suit. I’m having problems now that I’ve gotten to the shoulder shaping. I’ve underlined the size I’m working, and I’ll start with the instructions before I get confused.

[B]Next Row[/B] P7 ([U]8,[/U] 8, 9) stitches

I do that, and now I have 8 stitches on my needle. The instructions for the next line say:

[B]Next Row[/B] K1, ssk, k1 ([U]2,[/U] 2, 3), k2tog, k1-5 ([U]6,[/U] 6, 7) stitches. Purl 1 row.

Where I’m confused is the last part of the decrease row instruction – I don’t have 6 stitches left to knit - I have one (for a total of 6 stitches in the entire row).

The remaining decreases on the shoulder shaping are similar (although even more confusing to me).

[B]Next Row[/B] K1, ssk, k2tog, k0 ([U]1,[/U] 1, 2)–3 ([U]4,[/U] 4, 5) stitches. Purl 1 row.

For the size I’m working, it goes on:

[B]Next Row[/B] Ssk, k2tog, k- ([U]0,[/U] 0, 1) - ([U]2,[/U] 2, 3) stitches. Purl 1 row.

Bind off.

I don’t understand how one can knit 0-2 stitches.

If I work the decreases as instructed, by the time I get to the bind off row, I have only 2 stitches on my needle, and it looked really funky after I did the binding off. Can’t imagine sewing a seam there.

I have not found an errata for the pattern and no one on ravelry has noted any problems, so I assume the problem is one of mine and my inability to interpret the pattern due to ignorance.

Please let me know if my question is confusing. I appreciate any help I can get. I was having so much fun with this project until now