Shape neck

Hi all,

Hoping I can get some help (again) I am knitting a jersey with a raglan sleeve. The jersey is a ribbed pattern but I’ve got to the point of shaping the neck and the instructions are (with 8 stitches remaining on needle) proceed as follows:
Next Row, Purl
Work 4 rows Dec 1 st at each end of next and foll 2nd row…
I understand the decreasing alr rows but does the 'next row, purl mean purl that whole row?
Work 4 rows? Is that purl the 4 rows?

Hope this makes sense to someone?!

Thanks :blush:


That purl row will be the full row as no other instruction is given.

The purl row will not count towards the 4 rows because patterns are written where you do things in order, finishing each instruction before moving on.

The 4 rows are to be “worked” which means keep on doing the pattern that you have been doing up to this point. If you had been working stocking stitch for the main fabric then work 4 rows would be knit a row, purl a row, knit a row, purl a row.
It may not be stocking stitch for this part as you say it’s a ribbed pattern, but has the ribbing stopped in the last few rows? Or perhaps its a rib like garter rib or another where the WS row is all purl whilst maintaining the rib pattern of alternating knits and purls on the RS row? (hmm I saw another mentioned the other day, different name, looked like similar pattern, I can’t think of the name just now)
You need to “work” in the same pattern you’ve been using up to here.

Next row purl full row
Row 1 dec 1 each end and work rest of row as normal
Row 2 work as normal
Row 3 this is following 2nd so dec 1 each end and work rest of row as normal
Row 4 work as normal
4 stitches remain

Can you work it out from this or do you need more help?

Thank you so much for your reply. The pattern has been, up to now, knit 2 pearl 2 so after a full row of purl I go back to the knit 2, purl 2 and decrease on the first and 3rd row?

What is the name or the number of your pattern please?

Hmm… if the whole sweater has been in 2 x 2 rib it sounds a little strange to suddenly have a row of just purl in there.
Your pattern was it like:
Row 1 k2, p2 across
Row 2 purl across
Row 1 k2 p2 across
Row 2 p2 k2 across

I will otherwise let salmonmac advise on that Row as salmonmac is far far more experienced and knowledgeable than me.
Good luck, nearly there.

Hi Salmonmac,
I tried to upload pictures but I’m not sure whether it worked?

Thank you

MandyO, please wait until tomorrow, Tuesday to upload the photo of the jersey. In the meantime, check the photo to see if you can see evidence of the purl row.
Is it part of stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row) or would it stand out as purl bumps on the stockinette background?
Check under finishing to see if a purl row would make sense.

If this is the Sirdar pattern, can you give us the Sirdar number? We can look for the pattern photo online ourselves or we might even have worked this sweater.

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It is the Sirdar pattern but I don’t see any reference number on it.
I’ll try again to upload pictures.