Need help understanding pattern directions

by Becca
(Niantic, CT, United States)

broken rib knitting pattern

broken rib knitting pattern

I'm pretty new to knitting and I'm ready to challenge myself to try something new. I'm trying to work on a cable knit scarf and right off the bat I'm confused by the directions.

Directions Read:

Row 1: Sl 1 *P1, k1; rep from * to end
Row 2: Sl 1, p to end
Rep rows 1 and 2 for broken rib

I think I understand this to mean that I slip the 1st stitch, then I alternate Purl and Knit stitches on the odd rows and on the even rows I slip the 1st stitch, purl the 2nd and then keep repeating that? Like slip, purl, slip, purl, etc., ??

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Broken rib knitting pattern question
by: Ratchadawan

Hi Becca,

Row 1: Sl 1 *P1, k1; rep from * to end
Row 2: Sl 1, p to end
Rep rows 1 and 2 for broken rib


You understood row one correctly. You slip the 1st stitch. Then you keep repeating *p1, k1* to the end of the row.

On row 2, you slip the 1st stitch and then purl the rest of the stitches until the end of the row. Do not repeat "sl 1 p1", just do one slip stitch at the beginning.

Then you keep repeating row 1 and row 2 until desired length as per pattern instruction.

I'm not sure how your instruction tells you to do the slip stitch. I found that to have neat edges, I had to slip my first stitch knit wise on row one. You have the yarn at the back of the right needle and slip the stitch off the left needle as the way you would knit.
For row 2, I had to do the slip stitch purl wise. To do this you will have the yarn in front of the needle and then slip the stitch off just as you would purl it.

Have fun knitting and thanks for the question!

Ratcha

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