How do you know if the last stitch was knit or purl?
Hold your needles in the ready-to-knit position (with the LH needle holding the stitches to be worked) and look at what’s facing you. If you’re looking at the knit (smooth) side, you knit. If you’re looking at the purl (bumpy) side, you purl.
How do I know which row I am knitting?
To identify a knit stitch, look for V shapes. Each V is a stitch in a row, so you can easily count rows by counting the V’s from the bottom to the top of your knitting. For example, if you count 5 V’s going from the bottom to the top of your knitting, then your knit piece has 5 rows in it.
What do knit and purl stitches look like?
A knit stitch (which you would have purled on the other side) just looks like a plain piece of yarn looped over the needle in a V shape, while a purl stitch has a little bump at the bottom. When you turn your work and are ready to start the next row look at the stitch you are about to work.
How do you knit rows then purl a row?
When you are moving the yarn from the back to the front, or vice versa, the yarn should go between the two needles, not over them. Cast on an odd number of stitches. Row 1 (right side) Knit one, *purl one, knit one; repeat from * to end. Row 2 Purl one, *knit one, purl one; repeat from * to end.
Does the cast on row count as Row 1?
The cast on itself is not counted, however, some cast on methods create both a cast on and a knitted row. For example, the most popular cast on, the long tail method, creates both a cast on and a knitted row. So in this case, you would count that as the first row.
What does knit 1 Purl 2 mean?
That means that you will knit the first two stitches, then purl the next two stitches; then you will knit 2, then purl 2, again, and repeat the steps following the asterisk all across the row until the last two stitches which you will knit.