I am new to this forum and to knitting so will appreciate any help I can get
I have started a pattern for a cardigan and am having a little trouble with my math. The instructions start with me casting on 22 sts then for 1st Row * K1 P1, rep from * to end then Rep 1st row 6 times which I have one. However, the next row says to Rib to end dec 4 sts evenly across the row leaving 18 sts. My first question is, how can I achieve this evenly and does it matter whether I use a knit or purl stitch when I’m decreasing?
Secondly, the pattern has the option of knitting pockets on the cardigan, but I have chosen to leave these out. My second question is, therefore, what part of the instructions do I skip? I have an idea, but confirmation would give me the confidence to go ahead with the pattern. Instructions are as follows:
[B]Next Row:[/B] Rib to end dec 4 sts evenly across row. 18 sts.
[B]Change to 4mm needles[/B] and working in st-st (throughout) work 16 rows.
[B]Next Row:[/B] K5, cast off 9 sts, knit to end.
[B]Next Row:[/B] P4, purl across 9 sts left on stitch holder for Pocket Lining, purl to end.
Cont in st-st until Left Front measures 14 cm, ending with a rs row.
Is it safe for me to assume I simply continue from where I’m instructed to change my needles and work in st-st until I reach the required measurement i.e. ignoring instructions from [B]Place Pocket[/B]?
I hope I have explained clearly enough what it is I am needing help with and would be grateful for any responses.