# What is the meaning of 'Dec 1 st at each end of next 3 rows'?

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Hello, I need help with a baby slipover sweater.

I am now on 53 stiches and stuck with this : dec 1 st at each end of next 3 rows

I am working on a pattern :
1. K3, *Tw2R, K2; rep * to last st, K1
2. P.
3. K1, *Tw2L, P2; rep * to last 3 sts , Tw2L, K1

I know I have to decrease 1 stitch, just I am so confused that should I dec 1 st by doing k2tog at last 2 stitches or do the k2tog at beginning of two stitches?

Hi,

"Dec 1 st at each end of next 3 rows" means to decrease one stitch at both ends of a row for 3 consecutive rows.

You can do k2tog at the beginning and at the end of a row for the right side. And do p2tog at the beginning and the end of a row for the wrong side. So, you do this for 3 consecutive rows with 6 sts decrease total.

I hope this help.

Have fun with your project and thank you for stopping by.

Ratcha

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 Apr 06, 2022 Rating Further explanation on Dec 1 at each end of next 3 rows by: Ratchadawan It should be a total of 3 rows with a total of 6 st-decrease. Not 6 rows. You decrease a st at each end of a row which mean you decrease one at the beginning and then another one at the end. It can look like this; Row 1 right side: k2tog, work to last 2 sts, k2tog. Row2 wrong side: p2tog, work to last 2 sts, p2tog. Row3: as row one. For the alternate row, you would do decrease every other rows living one row even in between. So, it would be like this; Row 4 ws: work even Row 5 rs: work dec on each end as row 1. Row 6 ws: work even. Row 7 rs: work dec as row 1. Row 8 ws: work even. It will be like above example until you reach the desired number of stitches. I hope this helps. Ratcha

 Apr 01, 2022 Rating Further explanation by: Anonymous Dec 1 st at each end of next 3 rows" means to decrease one stitch at both ends of a row for 3 consecutive rows. I have this in my pattern too, but I am a little confused. I have to decrease at each end of the row. So to get decreases on each side of my work. So if I have to dec at each end of 3 consecutive rows than it is 6 rows in total. As 3 times at each end is 6 stitches Row 1 right side at the end k2 together Row 2 wrong side at the end k2 together Row 3 right side at the end k2 together Row 4 wrong side at the end k2 together Row 5 right side at the end k2 together Row 6 wrong side at the end k2 together Am I understanding this correct, hope someone can enlighten me. Also after decrease 1 stitch at each end of next 3rows, it than says, then on every alt row untill I have a certain amount of stitches Alt row do not dec in each row, so do I then leave on or 2 row without dec in between?

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