View Full Version : Knit 1, Purl 1

05-19-2009, 01:14 PM
Good day, everyone! I am new to knitting. (I have been trying to learn using a book but nothing beats visual instruction! Thank you Amy!)

I have made a couple of scarves doing a stockinette pattern and using chunky yarn. They turned out OK. However, when I started to work on a scarf using a standard 4-ply yarn, I discovered that I had a mess. My tension was all wrong. With the help of Amy's videos, I have learned the correct way to hold the yarn and I get decent tension. (But I'm still working on it.)

Anyway, this new scarf pattern is basically Knit 1, Purl 1. But I have a question. After I have done a row of K1, P1 and I turn my work, do I continue with K1, P1 or do I knit a row of P1, K1 and then switch back (basically alternating the rows)?

I appreciate any help.

Judi :p

05-19-2009, 01:35 PM
You need to alternate the rows so 1st row is K1P1, 2nd row is P1K1, 3rd row is K1P1 etc.

Jan in CA
05-19-2009, 01:36 PM
It depends on the last stitch you ended with. Each stitch has two sides..one is purl and one is knit. To continue in ribbing you need to knit the knits and purl the purls. So if you ended with a knit the other side will start with a purl. Here's a sample so you can see what the stitches look like.

05-19-2009, 01:37 PM

Thank you! :hug:That's what I thought. The pattern does not specify doing that and I knew that the stitches were not creating that V shape that I think is created when doing K1, P1.

Thank you again. Blessings!

05-19-2009, 02:28 PM
It also depends if you're supposed to do ribbing, as in Jan's picture where the sts form a column of Vs and bumps, or if you need to do seed stitch which is a textured stitch. To make ribbing, on the next row you knit a stitch that looks like a knit, and purl the ones that look like purls. To make seed st, you would start the row with the same stitch you ended the previous one with. If you ended with a purl, you start with a purl; if you end with a knit you start with a knit. These 2 'rules' to remember are valid whether you have an odd or even number of sts, which can also mess things up if you're thinking you have to start each row the same.

05-19-2009, 03:21 PM
Unless it is a seed stitch pattern.......

05-19-2009, 09:24 PM
Yes, that's part of the 'it depends' answer. A picture of the pattern would help clue us in.

05-20-2009, 07:18 AM
Unfortunately, the image included with the pattern is not close enough to really see how it looks. But here is the link:

I could not find the Magic Stripes yarn so I substituted with a similar yarn.

Again, thank you to all of you!

05-20-2009, 07:26 AM
it says rib

so it you will knit the knits and purl the purls :D

cant wait to see it when its done!

05-20-2009, 09:05 AM
Yes, that's part of the 'it depends' answer. A picture of the pattern would help clue us in.

LOL - I think I started replying to the thread and got interupted (how DARE work come in the way of my KH time :wink: ) and finished after you posted ..... never saw your reply!