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After all the introductory information, the instructions for knitting your sweater begin. In general, most patterns for cardigans and pullovers begin with the back piece. Here the pattern tells you how many stitches to cast on and what to do with them.

The instructions usually are sequenced like this:

i Instructions for the back.

i Instructions for the front (or fronts if you're knitting a cardigan). Generally, the instructions for the front mirror those of the back until it's time to shape the front neckline.

i Instructions for the sleeves.

The instructions describe each step as you work from the bottom border to the shoulder. They tell you what pattern stitches or colors to work, and they tell you how to shape (increase or decrease) your piece. If, for example, your sweater has a set-in sleeve and shaped armhole, the pattern will alert you that it's time to begin the shaping by interrupting the text with a boldface heading such as "Shape armhole" or "Armhole shaping."

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