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Old 06-24-2007, 12:34 AM   #1
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I am new to knitting,well not very new,when I was carrying 2 years back,I did knit.I knit a sweater,a hat and a pair of socks for my girl baby.now after 2 years again I have started knitting.now I am knitting a sweater for my husband.Fortunately I found this wonderful website.I have a couple of doubts regarding the pattern I am knitting.It would be great if some one could help me.

1.first of all I would like to know if stockinette stitch starts with a knit or purl?
2.my pattern says,"knit stockinette for 17 inches ending with W.S row" what does this mean?do I need to end with the knit side facing me or purl side facing me?
3.is cast off same as bind off?

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Old 06-25-2007, 12:57 AM   #2
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Yes casting off is called binding off also by most Americans.
Stocking stitch is k one row p one row repeat... the right side is the knit (flat) side. Start with whichever row you prefer, k or p. If you cast on with longtail you might prefer the look of first row being a purl, because that puts the 'ugly' side of the caston on the wrong side
Knit stocking stitch for 17 inches: do just that. 'End with a WS row' usually means that your last row is a purl row, then you go on to do the rest of the pattern, starting with a RS row. (However, some patternwriters mean the opposite: you might want to check they have got it right by reading through the rest of the pattern to see wich side you are doing things on).
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