I would read 'as they lie' as knit the knits and purl the purls as they face you.
I don't count the cast on as a row, though some people do for stockinette. I just consider it a cast-on and follow it with row 1.
"Trust the pattern!"
Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.
Hop aboard while we follow the cloud-covered van of knitting harmony, man!! Woooo!! --Hedgehog
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