Shape Armholes

Pattern instructions:
Cast off 2sts at beg of next 2 row.
Work 2 rows straight.
Next row: k1,sl1, k1, psso, k to last 3 sets, k2tog, k1
Next row: purl
Dec 1 st in this way at each end of 3rd and every foll 4th row until 45 sets remain (starting count is 65)

My millions of questions:
When it says dec1 in this way - are we talking about starting at the top instruction (cast off row) or the “next row w/ psso and k2tog”?g
Which row is 3rd?

Can I assume that the decrease row with the psso and k2tog will always be on a knit row? ( I am working on a sweater in stocking stitch).

Just when I think I have this knitting thing down I get confused. Any help would be much appreciated.

Here is what I think it says:

Row 1 - cast off 2 = 63 sts
Row 2 - cast off 2 = 61 sts
Row 3 - knit
Row 4 - purl
Row 5 - psso and k2 tog row (on knit side) call this dec row = 59 sts
Row 6 - purl
Row 7 - knit
Row 8 - purl
Row 9 - dec row (assuming this is what the pattern is calling 3rd) = 57 sts
Row 10 - purl
Row 11 - knit
Row 12 - purl
Row 13 - dec row = 55 sts
Rows 17,21,25, are dec row and bring the stitches to 47 (which is where I want to be).

Is this correct?

That’s the right idea. You would continue decreasing to 47sts (row 29) or is it 45sts as in your first post?

Thank you Salmonmac. It’s 47 for the size I am knitting. This is a very handsome boys sweater that I am excited to do so I appreciate your quick response. IMG_0271|1200x900

Yes it’s 47 for the size I’m doing. image1.jpeg

Cheers!

Deby

Such a good looking sweater. We’d love to see a photo when you finish.