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Old 09-07-2012, 09:55 AM   #1
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Newbie Help- Which stitch is next?
Started my first project and made the rookie mistake of not writing down what my last row was ie purl or knit.

Have been doing 1 row of knit, then 1 row of purl. The flat side is now up and in my left hand and I can't remember whether I should be purling or knitting for the next row.

Please help!
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:51 AM   #2
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If the stitches on the left needle look like a V that's a knit stitch so you knit the row; if they have a bump on them, that's a purl and you purl the row. It's much easier to learn what the stitches look like so you don't have to write down each row. That's called 'reading your stitches' and it's useful to know when you get to more complicated patterns. This thread might be of some help to you with the videos and pictures that show the knit and purl stitches.
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:01 AM   #3
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When you read stitches (per Sue's explanation), remember that you're looking at the stitches that are facing you. So if you have all your stitches on the left needle, just hold it back and determine whether you see V's or bumps.

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Old 09-07-2012, 07:05 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by minguier View Post
Started my first project and made the rookie mistake of not writing down what my last row was ie purl or knit.

Have been doing 1 row of knit, then 1 row of purl. The flat side is now up and in my left hand and I can't remember whether I should be purling or knitting for the next row.

Please help!
The others have given you great advice on how to read your stitches. I'll just add that I always mark the 'right' side of my work on a pattern where the rows alternate. Choose a way that makes sense to you. What I do is place a stitch marker on the right side. so that if the marker is on the side facing me as I'm working, I know from the pattern that I'm working a 'right' side (as opposed to a 'wrong' or back side) row.
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:14 PM   #5
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Thanks all.

These answers really helped and am progressing along nicely now.
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