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Old 12-07-2012, 09:58 AM   #1
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knit the purl and purl the knit?
Hi all,
This is my first post in a knitting forum. I am hopelessly confused. I'm not a beginning knitter but probably low intermediate.

I purchased a beard pattern online yesterday. (the forum won't let me post a link...maybe I can post it below)

I think it was written with the more experienced knitter in mind and I am hopelessly lost. I really need the stitches spelled out for me but I am told to simply work in pattern.

Here are the directions:
Main beard is worked in seed stitch throughout
right side rows: K1P1
wrong side rows: P1K1
O.K. I get that much. I've made a dishcloth in seed stitch.

Then it says:
The stitch count will vary on every row, so to maintain the seed stitch pattern just knit the purl stitches, and purl the knit stitches.

O.K. that doesn't make any sense to me. It seems to me that if I end on a purl and start on a purl in the next row that I'm purling a purl.

There was a video on this forum that tried to address this question from a different angle but I'm still incredibly confused.

I work in pattern for 23 stitches on the first row, 22 stitches on the 2nd row, 21 stitches on the 3rd row and I have no idea which stitches I'm knitting and which I'm purling. I would love to just write the entire thing out because I get very confused when I try to hold too much information in my head. I just need to write it down but I don't even know how to write it.

The reason the stitches are decreasing is because of a wrap and turn thing which I found some youtube videos that perhaps have cleared that up for me.

The pattern says"If you've ever made socks with a short-row heel, the chin part of the beard is exactly like that but in seed stitch"

Ha Ha. I've never made socks with any kind of heel. So we'll see how this goes.

Any help would be much appreciated!! Thanks.
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