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Hello,

I am trying to knit buttonholes on two rows and I am having trouble understanding the following line:

 

Rib 3, cast off 2sts, (rib 7, cast off 2) 3 times, rib 2.

 

I have 38 sts to start with and I am working in 2x2 rib. Each time I knit the first row where I need to cast off I end up with the wrong number of stitches at the end, generally too many. I think I am casting off the wrong stitches, can anyone help me understand the instructions please?

 

Thanks?

Rachel

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Rachel, does the pattern say how many stitches you should have at the end of the first row? You should end up with 30 as you are casting off 8 in total and then you will be casting the same number on in the next row.

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