Is anyone able to help with an instruction in a knitting pattern? It is for a chunky rib muffler (the pattern is Rib Muffler by Erika Knight if anyone knows it).
The pattern is a simple 2 row repeat:
(K3, P1) x 3, K3 (15 stitches) K1, (P1, K3) x 3, P1, K1 (15 stitches)
for ten rows.
The next instruction is ‘keeping pattern correct dec one st at both ends of every row until 5 stitches remain’.
Then cast off.
I get that I am supposed to decrease one stitch at the beginning and one stich at the end of each of the next 5 rows to provide the shaping but I am confusing myself about how I keep to the pattern in between the decreases.
Sometimes it helps to sketch or write this out on a scrap of paper. So draw a quick picture of it stitch by stitch, then strike through a stitch either side; then again where you'd dec again.
Also, as you knit, start to become aware of the effect each type of stitch has on the wrong and right side. Eventually, you'll be able to eyeball it and know what the next stitch is, by observing what the st below it is...
Sounds obvious but I think a lot of people early in their knitting career are not relaxing with it yet, enough to the point of becoming observant then trusting themselves to observe correctly! Once you do - you take control of your knitting.