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What does #-#-# in a knitting pattern mean?

I found a knitting pattern I'd love to make real, but I have never knitted off of a pattern. I was able to get the bread and butter of it down, but I'm confused by the #-#-# format I'm seeing all over. 

This is the pattern I am using: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/22-23-1-cashmere-dress

Thanks in advance! 

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OK so the first thing is that I have to tell you knitting patterns do not normally look like this. Usually there easier to follow than this.
Secondly I can't find the mark in question anywhere on the pattern. Any way you could screen shot it for me? I've been knitting 15 years so I know my way around the needles and should be able to help.

DoctorWoo (author)  MsSweetSatisfaction2 years ago

I'm seeing that...sadly, this is the best one I can find for the needed outcome!

As for the numbers, I can screen cap, but their on the sleeve. I replied to Kiteman saying I made an oppsie in explaining it, but the set on the sleeve read out:
7RE (Which I know is "rows even" and I know how to work)
3-1-3

2-1-4

1-1-10

Also, if you don't mind me asking, how does shapping work? I keep looking at the chart of purl 2, knit 6, repeat, but I'm curious how I change that pattern when I decrease. Hopefully that makes sense.

Thanks in advance!

Ah I see what you're talking about. Sorry I was looking for the # symbol specifically. So I love this article about japanese knitting and I highly recommend it: http://www.needleartsbookshop.com/InterpretingJapa...
So the shaping has to do with those numbers you see. so take the bottom row, which will be the first one you encounter if you're knitting bottom up. You're going to decrease, cast off or knit 2 together, every row one stitch ten times. So once a row decrease 1 stitch for a full 10 rows.
Then the second from the bottom is going to be every 2 rows, so every other, decrease one stitch, four times.
Then top one is going to be every 3 rows, so decrease 1 row and then knit 2 even, decrease 1 stitch, three times.
I applaud you for taking on Japanese knitting. Beautiful patterns, but so differently documented.
Any other problems feel free to poke me, but the article is pretty great.

DoctorWoo (author)  MsSweetSatisfaction2 years ago

That article is fantastic! I have that tucked away with my other patterns for future use. Thanks!

And that off #-#-# format makes much more sense now! I'm still a bit fuzzy on shaping (I might be thinking about it too much...). But if you have a row of 42 stitchs following the 2 purl, 6 knit, repeat pattern/chart, what happens when you decrease? Won't that mess up the ribbing the 2P6K is doing?

Most likely you'll cast off on the edge as your decreasing method. That way your stitch pattern remains intact. You'll just be at a different point in the stitch pattern repeat at the beginning of the row. Just keep trying to match what the previous row looks like.

DoctorWoo (author)  MsSweetSatisfaction2 years ago

Oh, ok! That makes much more sense now!

And one more question: do you happen to either have an articale on, or know how to adjust a pattern like this? The person I'm making it for is a touch smaller then the dress, and I was planning on just doing a something to the extent of just removing an equal number of stitch from each row to adjust the pattern to my need. Would that work..?

Thanks again for all the great help!!

Removing the stitches would work. You can also uses thinner yarn or needles to adjust the gauge. So figure out the ratio of how much smaller you want it to be and adjust the gauge down that much.

DoctorWoo (author)  MsSweetSatisfaction2 years ago

Perfect!
I know I'm a broken record, but thanks! Been wanting to tackle something like this for a while, and this [thread] had a lot of useful info in it!

Kiteman2 years ago

The only "#" I can see is things like "#201".

In that case, the hash tag is being used with it's original meaning of "number".

DoctorWoo (author)  Kiteman2 years ago

*Probably* should have made it a bit clearer...There's a few sets of them. One at the sleeve reads:
7 RE (which I know is "rows even")
3-1-3
2-1-4
1-1-10