here we go again...
On right edge, leave 9 sts 5 times and 8 sts once on a holder.
At the same time, continue dec: 2 sts from left edge of foll alt rows, sgl dec 4 times.
I get the decreasing instructions, but how do I leave 9 stitches on a holder 5 times? Looking ahead at the directions for the yoke, it looks like you just pick up all the sleeve stitches at the same time. Is this just Phildar's poorly translated way of telling me to put 53 stitches on a holder? But following these instructions is supposed to leave me with a diagonal edge on the top of the sleeve. Does any of this make any sense to anyone??
EDIT: I think I figured it out! I purl to the last 9 stitches, put them on a holder, knit back across the row, decreasing 1 stitch at the edge, then purl back to the last 9 stitches, add them to the stitch holder, knit back to the edge...and so on, making the rows shorter as you go.
(...doesn't seem that difficult now.)
In better knitting news, I received Stitchionary I and II for Christmas. I'm probably the last knitter on earth to get my hands on these books, but I'm already thinking of the amount of damage I can do with these babies!
And these came in the mail the other day...about two days after Christmas, unfortunately. I'm still happy to have them. I remember when my mother gave some personalized labels to my grandmother, when I was much younger. I always thought it was so cool that the sweaters she knit had her own tags in them. It's such a nice touch. I got these from Charm Woven Labels, which I found via Carrie's blog.