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Old 05-17-2009, 05:24 PM   #1
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New- What is (RS): Knit or Purl on WS
I'm new to kniting and to this forum. I have a pattern which says after casting on:

Rows 1-6 knit
Row 7 (RS): knit
Row 8 Purl
Continue St st (k on RS, p on WS) until piece measures 10 in.

My question- I thought there was only one way to do a knit and purl stitch. Does RS and WS mean I turn my work?

I'm looking forward to learning a lot from this forum- Thank you!
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Old 05-17-2009, 05:33 PM   #2
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RS and WS mean right side and wrong side. When you are knitting stockinette (purl one row, knit one row repeating) the right side is usually the side with the v's..or the knit side.

And yes, you will be turning your work. You do only knit stiches on both side for the first 6 rows. After that you knit one row, then purl one row.

If you have a link it will help. Also... the edges will curl because you have no border except for the bottom. Only way to stop that is to have a border of 5 stitches or so on each side in a non curling stitch such as garter or seed stitch.
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Thank you - here is the link to the pattern
I'm attempting this playdate hoodie and here is the link-

http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/pat...=29&submit.y=9

I will try your suggestions thank you!

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Old 05-17-2009, 05:45 PM   #4
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Hi, and welcome to KH forum.

When you knit the first 6 rows you will be getting garter stitch. That is a nice stitch that doesn't curl and will keep your edge flat. It looks the same on both sides and is bumpy in rows or ridges. RS means that as you work row 7 the side that faces you will from here out be designated as the right side, the side that will face out as the item is worn or whatever. You might like to put a little safety pin on that side as you work that row, or pull a bit of yarn through and tie a bow on that side or something to mark it.

All the time you knit those first 6 rows you knit the row and then exchanged the needles in your hands and knit back again. You do the same thing here, and actually nothing will be different but they are going to begin here to make a stockinette stitch appear on the RS.

After you knit row 7 you exchange the needles in your hands so you can work back across the stitches, but on row 8 you will purl the row. That makes a bumpy side on that side and the other side will now have 2 smooth rows. That is the st st (stockinette stitch), that it tells you to continue doing. So from here on, until the piece measures 10 inches you will be alternating knit and purl rows.

Rows 1 to 6 you knit each row, row 7 you also knit and row 8 you purl. The next rows will be: row 9-Knit; row 10-purl; row 11- knit; row 12- purl, etc. All odd numbered rows will be knit and all even numbered rows will be purled. But the best way to think of it is that when you have the needle in your left hand ready to begin the next row, if the stitches on the top of the work (when the piece you are developing is held so that it is flattened out between the two needles), are the smooth side (with the little vees) you are ready to knit that row. And if the all bumpy side is facing up you should purl that row.

I hope that helps.
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What Jan said is correct, but she thought you were knitting a scarf or something without seams when she suggested:

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Also... the edges will curl because you have no border except for the bottom. Only way to stop that is to have a border of 5 stitches or so on each side in a non curling stitch such as garter or seed stitch.
For your little sweater you won't do that, just do it exactly as the pattern says. You are making the back of the sweater and the sides of it will be seamed and this will deal witht curling she mentioned. On the fronts it has you keep some stitches on each front edge in the flat garter stitch (by knitting each row there), like you have at the bottom. So all the curling was taken into consideration by the designer.
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Thank you!
Thank you very much for such a speedy reply- I couldnt wait for the local shop to open tomarrow to get an explanation!

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