Shaping raglan sleeves

Hi,
I’m knitting a raglan sweater and have done the front. The shaping part was tricky, but I figured it out and have the correct number of stitches at the top and the lace pattern matches. Whew!
For the sleeves, the directions say: Shape raglan cap: Work as for front raglan shaping --10 sts. The front had 59 sts and it went down to 31 in the raglan shaping part. I don’t understand how to shape the sleeves with fewer stitches to begin with (30) using the front shaping method. Thanks!

Can you link to your pattern?

You would dec at the beg and end of the row in the same way, regardless of the number of stitches in the sleeves. Do this until you’re down to 10 sts.

It’s the Boatneck Sweater in the Fall 2012 Vogue Knitting magazine.

So the front shaping is: (starting with 59 sts)
Row 1 BO 6 sts at beg row, work in pat to end;
Row 2 Bind off 6 sts, work in pat to last 2 sts, k2tog.
Row 3 Bid off 2 sts, work pat to the last 2, k2tog;
Row 4 Rep row 3
Row 5 BO 1 st, work pat to last 2 sts, k2tog
Row 6 Rep row 5
Row 7 Rep row 5
Row 8 Rep row 5
Row 9 Work pat to the last 2 sts, k2tog - 31 sts
Work even for 4 more rows. Thanks!

Yes, do that exactly the same -
Row 1 BO 6 sts at beg row, work in pat to end;
Row 2 Bind off 6 sts, work in pat to last 2 sts, k2tog.
Row 3 Bid off 2 sts, work pat to the last 2, k2tog;
Row 4 Rep row 3
Row 5 BO 1 st, work pat to last 2 sts, k2tog

    • and so on. At the end of the 9 dec rows, you should have 10 sts left.

You are very helpful and patient, thanks. The overall decrease of the front shaping is 28 stitches. However, I am starting with 30 stitches for the sleeves and am supposed to end up with 10, not 2 stitches. Do I just decrease down to 10 stitches and finish knitting in pattern no matter how many rows it will take to be the same length as the front where I’ll sew them together?

Yes, stop the decs when you get to 10 sts, the last row will be like row 9 though. Then you knit 4 more rows, or as many as you need to make it the same length as the front.