I’m knitting my first sweater in 30 years … a rib sweater, with raglan sleeves using a circular needle. The pattern reads:-
“Body: Using circular needle CO 184 sts. Join to work in the rnd. Pm for BOR and work in 2 x 2 Rib for 15”.
Divide for Armholes: Work 86 sts, BO 12 sts, work 80 sts, BO 12 sts - [6 sts at end of rnd and 6 sts from beg of next rnd]; 80 sts rem each front and back …"
I have happily knitted my 15" but now don’t understand a) how I get to 80 sts for front and back when I started with 184. I have seen videos on how to bind off yet don’t understand the mathematics here. b) And why work 86 sts …and then …work 80 sts?