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Old 09-08-2007, 04:08 AM   #1
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Hi All!!

I apologize ahead of time if this question has been posted. I just didn't know how to search for this topic.

I'm a novice knitter and not sure how to even phrase this question. Ummmmm, I am doing a practice swatch right now but planning on knitting a scarf as my first project. I've learned the knit and purl stitches but need to know if I have completed 6 purled rows which side of my needle should my completed work be on when i start the knit stitch?

Not using a pattern for my scarf just doing like 8 rows of the knit stitch and then purl/knit/purl/knit/purl maybe.

I would appreciate any help anyone could offer.
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Old 09-08-2007, 08:32 AM   #2
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Eight rows of purl stitch done flat is the same as eight rows of knit stitch done flat. It's called garter stitch. You'll get ridges and valleys. Each ridge is counted as two rows. Garter stitch is reversible so it really doesn't matter which side you start on for the next phase of your scarf project.


However, CO and knit or purl six rows your tail will be at the bottom right hand corner as you begin to knit the 7th row. Your completed work is always in your left hand as you start your next row.

I'm not sure if that answered your question, but if it didn't ask again!
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A purl st is the back of a knit st and vice versa. In the pattern you have - 8 rows of garter st, then switch to stockinette, you can count the Vs on the knit side to know when you've done 6 rows of them. Also note that stockinette st (knit a row, purl a row) curls at the edges, but if you're going to do more rows of garter stitch in between, that should help keep it flat.
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Thanks YarnLady & Suzeeq. I truly do appreciate the help...and I need all the help I can get

I have alot of experience crocheting but knitting is like a whole other world for me...and I'm loving it

Let me see if I can explain my question a little better. My completed work is in my left hand. However should my completed work be facing my right hand needle when I switch from purl to knit or knit to purl or should my completed work be facing away from my right hand needle? Or are you saying that it really doesn't matter?

Does that make any sense? Maybe I am just over thinking the whole thing?
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When you finish a row, the needle is in your right hand. Turn it and transfer it to your left to start the next row, it doesn't matter if that row is going to be knit or purled. After you transfer the needle, the yarn will be on the right edge as you look at it.
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Old 09-08-2007, 05:46 PM   #6
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Are you confused as to right side/wrong side...public vs private?

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I'm sooooooooooooo happy I found this site!! Everyone here is soooo wonderful!!

Ok so the completed work should be facing the right side regardless of knit or purl. *whew* Ok, thank you!!!
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Cam90066, I'm just basically confused!!! lol

But yes.....I guess I am trying to ask about wrong side vs right side. Thank you for interpreting for me!!!
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If in doubt as to RS vs WS, tie a piece of yarn or place a small safety pin on one side or the other. Just remember where you put it and be consistent if the item has more than one piece (example...if sweater, fronts, backs and sleeves would need same side marked on all). That way, if you're following a pattern you know where you are in relation to the instructions. Some stitch patterns clearly have a RS or WS but garter st, and some that are reversible, can look the same on both. If you're transitioning from one st pattern to another you may need to know if the new pattern begins on the RS or WS.

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Yarnlady explained that very well xx
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