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# Why can't I get this?

My general mood these days is definitely affecting my knitting.Â  I really want to warm up my girls' feetsies with these this Christmas.Â  But they're on my nerves!Â  It is supposed to be a simple pattern that even kids can do.Â  Sigh.Â

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Could someone explain these decrease rows to me.Â  I get the decreases; it's the knitting in between.

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First DEC. ROW: Work ribbing for 7 (7-9) sts, * slip, k and psso, k1, k2 tog. *, work 3 (5-7) sts ribbing, repeat between *'s once, finish row in ribbing; 23 (25-31) sts.
NEXT ROW: Work 7 (7-9) sts ribbing, p3, work 3 (5-7) sts ribbing, p3, finish row.
2nd DEC ROW: Work 6 (6-8) sts, * k2 tog., k1, slip, k and psso *, work 1 (3-5) sts, repeat between *'s once, finish row; 19 (21-27) sts.

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So, first of all I have several rows of ribbing in the toe:

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ROW 1: P 1, *k1, p1; repeat from * to end.
ROW 2: K1, *p1, k1; repeat from * to end.
Repeat these 2 rows of ribbing for 1 1/2 (2-2) ins., end on wrong sideRepeat these 2 rows of ribbing for 1 1/2 (2-2) ins., end on wrong side.

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I want to make sure about this because my brain is just fried. Â  Which is the wrong side? Exactly which row do I knit last before starting the decrease.Â  I need it spelled out for me.

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Then, can someone please just spell out the actual stitches to make in those decrease rows?Â  I know what the slip, k and psso is.Â  Just tell me like in that first dec. row do I start with p1 or k1, and then when it says work 3 sts ribbing, do I start with k1 or p1, and when it says finish row in ribbing do I start with k1 or p1?Â  And the same for the 2nd decrease row.Â  I despise ribbing.Â

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Help make a tired mama feel good about herself again!Â  :-)

You should be able to see from the piece of work which stitches you are doing, and then you can sort of forget about it. Â If the purl-side on the next stitch is facing you as you work, purl in the ribbing, same for knit. Â The longer the ribbing, the easier this is to see. Â

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The first row (starting with purl as the first stitch) is the "wrong side" of the piece. Â (This is because when you cast on, you are actually knitting the first row. Â If you were working a stockinette stitch, you would purl the next row. Â That's why the 1st row is the "wrong side"). Â So, you begin the decrease on a row which begins with a knit stitch. Â I am assuming the decrease is worked from the "right" side.

Thanks!Â  I got my brain back and realized what I did wrong.Â  Thank you for taking the time to help out.

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