Help with interpreting a knitting pattern

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14 years 1 month ago #12858 by Angie
Why do they make patterns so hard to understand? I'm a new knitter, tackling my first ever baby jacket, and am stumped on the following instructions for the sleeves:

(Note: I do understand that all the numbers in the brackets are for different sizes. I am currently making the smallest one - 0 months)

Using 4mm needles, cast on 25 (29-33-33-33-33) sts. :) Check

Knit 13 (13-15-15-17-17) rows garter st, 1st row is wrong side, inc 3 (4-5-5-5-5) sts evenly across last row... 28 (33-38-38-38-38) sts. :) Check

Begin rib patt - 1st row - Knit. 2nd row - P3, *K2, P3, rep from * to end. Last two rows form rib patt. :) Check.

Cont in rib patt and working extra sts into patt, inc one st at each end of next row, then in every foll - every (every-alt-alt-every-alt) row until there are 54 (47-58-60-44-76) sts, sizes 3, 6, 9,12 and 18 months only - then in every foll (alt-4th-4th-alt-4th) row/s until there are (59-62-66-74-78) sts.

That's where I'm stuck. Do I increase one stitch at EACH end of EVERY row, or every second row? The bit that says "then in every foll - every row until there are 54 sts" is what's got me. And then because I'm doing size 0 months, am I supposed to stop at 54 sts?

All sizes, work 9 (9-9-9-11-9) rows more without shaping. :) Check

If anyone could help me, I'd be most grateful.. thanks

Echo Ridge - Dexters, Sheepies and Labradors

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14 years 1 month ago #198635 by Isla
every foll - every (every-alt-alt-every-alt) row until there are 54 (47-58-60-44-76) sts means for your size 0, you're increasing in every row until there are 54 sts. The dash then every (every-alt etc. is for those sizes as bracketed and yours is the first every.

I hope that makes sense. :)

And yes, then you stop at 54 stitches.

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14 years 1 month ago #198820 by Angie
Thank YOU!! I have done it right then.. I thought that the arm looked a bit short though. Ah well, I'll see when I've finished it

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14 years 1 month ago #198890 by The Kats Place
Babies arms are short. If you hold a new born and raise his wee arms up their hans barely go past the top of their head - unlike an adult whos elbow is at the top of their head leave *hope that makes sence).

I hope we will see a picture when the jacket is finished.

kats
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14 years 1 month ago #198897 by Isla
It got eaten by her dog, apparently. :(

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14 years 1 month ago #198965 by jeannielea
In the Netherlands, kids are judged ready to go to school when they can reach over the top of their heads and touch their ear! That's about 6 years but they have a good kindy system before that. So that would indicate that babies arms are short (dog or no dog) and it takes six years to catch up with their head size!!

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14 years 3 weeks ago #199874 by Angie
If at first you don't succeed - try try again. I was ready to sit on the floor and cry when I saw the mess the Terror had made, but it's such a neat little jacket pattern that I have picked up my needles once again. I might have something worth showing by tomorrow night.

Echo Ridge - Dexters, Sheepies and Labradors

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