Originally Posted by redwitch
The confusing instruction is 'knit the purls, purl the knits'.
This instruction is a lot less confusing when written as it is in some patterns:
"Knit the purls, purl the knits as they are facing you.
Or, for ribbing,
"Knit the knit stitches, purl the purl stitches as they are facing you.
There is really only one stitch. If you look at it from one side, it's a knit; if you look at it from the other side, it's a purl. It all depends on which side hou are looking at.