This is my first sweater also. The sweater pattern is 20 stitches across plus 1 st and 20 rows plus 1 row. It’s a nice diamondish pattern. I’m beginning my sleeves and have a question. Here are the directions for my point of confusion:
On fifth row and every subsequent fourth row, inc 1 st each edge in St st 25 times. Work even in patt on 101 sts until 6 vertical repeats plus 1 row have been completed and sleeve measures 21 3/4".
I understand I’m going to begin adding 1 stitch to each edge first at the fifth row then on every 4th row.
I worked out the math with an excel spreadsheet. All the numbers match and I feel confident about the placement of my increases. My concern is what it is going to do to my pattern.
When the sleeve began I was directed to knit 5 stitches on each end of 2 horizontal patt repeats. This means I already have 5 plain stitches at each end. When I add the increases, I’m going to end up with 50 plus the original 10 of plain stitches. This doesn’t make sense to me. Am I missing something? When I sew it together, I will have nothing but plain stitches under my arm and this just seems strange to me.
Thank you so much for your guidance. I’m really hoping to finish this sweater by the 16th as my classes start back on the 17th and I won’t have time. I’m really looking forward to wearing my project!