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Decreasing Every Alternating Row

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I know this is a silly question, my instructions are as follows;
Decrease 1 stitch at each end of next and every following alternating row. Am I to assume that I am to decrease on a knit row and then on the purl row?

Thank you


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No, your question is not silly at all. I'm glad you asked.
Alternating row refers to every other row. We see this type instructions a lot when working with bilateral decreasing and increasing sleeves or neck lines.

"Decrease 1 stitch at each end of next and every following alternating row" refers to decreasing 1 st at each end of the next row (usually the right side row). Then work the next row (usually the wrong side row) without decreasing. Then on the next right side row, you would do another decrease on each end again. Continue working this way until you meet the pattern requirement.

I hope my answer helps you with your question. Thank you for writing in.

Have fun knitting!


Ratcha



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Aug 03, 2018
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Shoulder cast off
by: Ratchadawan

Hi Sue,

For shoulder bind off at 7 sts sounds right. You're right, you'll do cast off at the beginning of the row. I'm assuming you're working on back of sweater and without neck shaping.

This is how I would do it;
Bind off 7 sts, works to end of row.
Next row, bind off 7 sts, works to end of row.
Then follow the rest of the instruction.

Jul 21, 2018
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Following alt rows when casting off - help please
by: Sue

HELP - I have a pattern that requires me to cast off 7 stiches on every following alt row. Cast off happens at the start of a row - right?- so how do I work that? It's the shoulders so if I just do knit or purl rows I'll end up with no shaping on one side. If I decrease on every row the shaping is right but I'm worried that I'm losing length. Does 7 stiches per row sound right to those of you with more experience? THANKS I'm really enjoying getting back into knitting but I'm frustrated by this!

Mar 01, 2018
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decrease
by: Ratchadawan

To dec every following alternate row, is to decrease every other row.

So, you did the dec every row previously and now you do it every other row until you have 7 sts left, then work one wrong side row.



Ratcha

Feb 28, 2018
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Decrease
by: Carla

My instructions say, "dec 1 st at each end of needle on every following alt row from previous dec to 7 sts, ending on a WS row." The previous question was about a dec on "the NEXT and every following row".

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