Shoulder Shaping

Hi there. I’m a new knitter and am stuck on the shoulder shaping of this pattern:

I understand how to do the normal bind off, and have completed Rows 1-2, but am now confused by the 1st bind off in Row 3:
Begin shoulder shaping:
Row numbers will restart for simplicity.
Row 1 (RS): Bind off 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 7, 7) sts, K to end of row. (43 (48, 54, 59, 63, 68, 73, 79) sts)
Row 2 (WS): Bind off 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 7, 7) sts, P to last st, sl last st. (40 (44, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 72) sts)
Row 3: Sl 2, pass 2nd st over the 1st (1st bound off), bind off 2 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 7) sts normally, K to last st, sl last st. (37 (40, 45, 49, 52, 56, 59, 64) sts)
I’d really appreciate any help. Thank you in advance!
Charmaine

Welcome to KnittingHelp!
Thanks for the link to the sweater pattern. That’s so helpful.
The bind off in Row 3 is going to give you a more sloped bind off and less of a stair step effect than the usual bind off (the stitch over stitch bind off).
Slip the first two sts one at a time from the left needle to the right then pass the second stitch over the first. It’s just like the usual bind off except that the sts aren’t knit just slipped to the right needle. Then proceed with the usual bind off for the next two bind offs.

You can slip the stitch purlwise since that’s what your pattern suggests.

Ah thank you so much! What confused me too is passing the 2nd stitch over the 1st stitch – shouldn’t it be passing the 1st stitch over the 2nd?

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The first stitch is usually the one closest to the needle tip but you have to be careful just in case the designer has other ideas. It can be confusing alright.

Thank you very much for clarifying this for me, and so quickly. I completed the shoulder shaping last night, and started knitting the front - I’m sure I’ll be back with more questions as new challenges present themselves!

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