"Working inc sts in patt."?

This is my first post on this site. I am a male student, studying in the University of St. Andrews, in Scotland and my knitting is a little rusty.

I am struggling to follow the instructions for the Aran sweater that I am knitting at present. I have knitted 16 rows of a pattern, with some increase stitches at each end of the 5th and 11th rows. The bit that I am stuck on reads as follows:

From 1st to 16th row sets patt. Keeping continuity of patt. as set (throughout) inc 1st at each end of next and every foll 6th row to 70 sts [I am currently on 58 sts] working inc sts in patt.

It may be an effect of my current tiredness, but I am having trouble following this. A few questions:

  1. Do I increase stitches where they were increased in the original 16 rows? Is this what ‘working inc sts in patt.’ means?

  2. Does ‘inc 1st at each end of next and every foll 6th row’ mean (a) increasing 1st at each each of 1st, 7th, 13th, 19th row, etc.; (b) increasing 1st at each each of 1st, 6th, 22nd (16+6) row, etc.; © increasing 1st at each each of 6th, 12th, 18th row, etc.; (d) increasing 1st at each each of 6th, 22nd (16+6), 38th (16+16+6) row, etc.; or (e) something else entirely?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

You would increase on the next row (let’s call that row 1) then on row 7, 13, 19, 25, etc. until you have 70 stitches on the needle.

As for keeping in pattern, you repeat rows 1-16, I imagine and you’ll work those increases into the pattern as it has been set. Basically the pattern will expand out from the sleeve. For example, if you were doing a pattern that had xxooxxooxx, your next increased row would be oxxooxxooxxo, then ooxxooxxooxxoo. Understand?

Thanks for the help!

I am still wondering about one thing, however. The original 16 rows had increase stitches on each end of the 5th and 11th rows. I am unsure as to whether these are included in ‘keeping continuity of patt. as set (throughout)’, or whether they should be ignored and I just proceed with the new increases. The original increases are followed with expected subsequent stitch counts, which suggests to me that they are not intended to be repeated as part of the pattern in the future. Furthermore, if they are not to be repeated the rate of increase would remain constant from the start of the pattern (with 54 stitches) to the end of the stage that I am currently beginning (70 stitches), increases occuring every 6th row.

If I continue with the original increase stitches I will be increasing on the 1st, 5th, 7th, 11th, 13th and 19th rows, before I proceed to the next stage of the pattern (as I start this stage of the pattern with 58 stitches and should finish with 70).

Would such a rate of increasing be too rapid? How should I be reading the pattern here? Thank you once again for your help.

Usually ‘continuity of pattern’ refers to the actual pattern stitches rather than the increase directions that were previously done. At this point, I’d go with the 1, 7, 13, 19, etc. as increases. Every 6 rows is a standard rate of increase, so that confirms it to me, as well.