Translating a pattern - Pls can you help?

Hi, I am new here and new to knitting, just finished, nearly, the back of my first jumper. I am stuck on this instruction two create raglan armholes:

Dec 1 st at each end of next 1 (1,5,7,11,15) rows, then on 1 (0,0,0,0,0) foll 4th row, then on foll 23 (26,25,25,25,24,23) alt rows, 38 (40,40,42,42,42) sts.

Work 1 row, ending with ws row. cast off.

Okay, so I know dec means decrease and I usually S1K1 pass slipped stitch over, but as it doesn’t say, is this right, in other parts it does say k2tog, but not here?

I think the () denote the different sizes, but these don’t seem to make sense to me? If I am making the largest size do I dec 1 st at each end of next 15 rows, then 0 dec on 4th row then dec 1 each end of foll 23 alt rows - is this dec 1 st each end of ever other row for 23 rows or alternate 23 rows, ie 46 rows? to leave 38 sts?

Also does ending with ws row mean, end after completing the ws row or with that facing me to cast off?

Many thanks, I really miss my Maternal grandma, she could really knit!:knitting: :knitting: :knitting:

Usually the decreases would slant toward the center so a skp at the beg of the row and k2tog at the end. Sometimes they’re reversed so they slant toward the edge, but pick one way and do it consistently.

Yes, for the largest size, dec on both ends of the next 15 rows, then on every other row 23 [I]times[/I] (which will be over 46 rows) and you will have 42 sts left. Ending with WS means you’ve just finished it and will BO on the next row, the RS row.

Hi. And welcome.

I think you have most of the right idea.
For decreases I would use k2tog or SSK depending on which side you’re on. These videos will show you which way they lean

That last section would be to decrease on every other row for 23 rows.

Ending on the ws would, I think means to have that row facing you to knit and cast off from that side.

I hope that makes sense, and very likely one of the more experienced knitters will chime in with their interpretation. I can usually follow a pattern, but they can be written in such a confusing way that we need a few more sets of eyes to try to interpret them.

Ok so I got the ws wrong. Listen to Sue.

Your help is much appreciated.

I understand the instructions, but still not sure about the middle bit

This is the bit I am not left confused with: “then on 1 (0,0,0,0,0) foll 4th row”

Getting there, and thanks so much for all the replies.


“Dec 1 st at each end of next 1 (1,5,7,11,15) rows, then on 1 (0,0,0,0,0) foll 4th row, then on foll 23 (26,25,25,25,24,23) alt rows, 38 (40,40,42,42,42) sts.”

When the instructions for your size say 0, you can skip that instruction. So for the largest size, dec at each end of the next 15 rows and then at each end of the following 23 alternate rows (every other row).

Thanks, so when you say skip, do I skip the next 1-4 row and go straight to then next 23 alts?

So sorry to be so dense. Your help is much appreciated.

Yes skip over the ‘every 4th row’ instruction and do ‘every other row 23 times’ instead. You still work the 4 rows, but they’re part of the every other part.

I did it, now to the front! Thanks all. I think I knit the wrong size and it is going to be huge, still, rather enjoying my first real knit and hoping to get it completed in February! Thanks again. PS Sleeves look tricky, I may have more questions. R

Measure your gauge across the back and see if it matches the pattern gauge. If not, you may want to think about changing you needle size and getting the gauge called for in the pattern or knitting a smaller size. I know the back is a lot of work but there’s more work ahead and if the sweater won’t fit, it’s not so happy.