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71  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Newbie can't understand pattern! Please help! on: July 20, 2004 12:54:41 PM
Hi everyone!!  I'm working on knitting my first "non scarf, blanket, or simple rectangle shape" project and so I decided I wanted to start off with a simple tank top ("Elderflower" from Rowan's Summer Tweed collection).  I was doing just fine until I got to this part:

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Shape Armhole
Next Row (RS): K tog tbl first st and the loop, K1, K2tog, K to last 4 sts, K2tog tbl, K1, pick up loop lying between needles and place loop on right needle, sl last st knitwise.

Next Row: P tog first st and the loop, P to last 4 sts, P2tog, P1, pick up loop lying between needles and place loop on right needle, sl last st purlwise.  16 sts.

Last two rows form slip st edging and set decreases.  Keeping sts correct as set, cont as folls:

Dec 1 st at armhole edge of next 3 rows, then on foll 2 alt rows and at same time dec 1 st at neck edge of next and foll 2 alt rows.  8 sts.

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Can someone please help me decipher this?  Once I get to the part in purple, am I just supposed to just do the decreases it tells me to?  But then what does Keeping sts correct as set mean? It makes me think that I'm supposed to follow the stitch pattern established by the Next Row parts and at the same time do the additional decreases it directs me to.  But if I do that, then it decreases too many stitches and I'll end up with less than the 8 it says I should have.

Or am I reading this wrong altogether?!  Please help me!!
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