When I can't figure them out I usually just ignore them ant my projects turn out just fine. But when I need a break I set my mind to to the puzzle if devine intervention hasn't enlightened me already. Sound familiar?
So when the Pattern says "Multiple of 8 Sts + 5"
I cast on 45 stitches, One edge uses two stitches for the border and the other edge uses 3, I'm left with 40 stitches for the body. Which if I want to modify I can by working within the multiple of 8 Sts. Correct?
Second question. Long Tail Cast On: As I understand it when using the LT you do not need to do the first row of your pattern if it calls for row one to be a purl? Am I right on this or am I a little off? Plus.... what to you guys think of LT.. I'm not sold on it and sometimes wish I hadn't used it.