Okay, so I ordered the Renaissance Sampler from KnitPicks, and I'm starting on the Cathedral Purse. It says,
"CO 5 sts using Circular Cast On. Distribute the sts on DPNs or on Circular(s)"
Begin working from Increase chart; 50 sts."
So far, so good. I figured out their tutorial and managed to learn the cast-on, and got my 5 stitches on the needle. The pattern says you can use dpns, 2 circs, or magic loop. I figured 2 circs, since that's what I have.
So, I look down at the increase chart. The first row (bottom row of chart, starting from right side,right??) has 10 spaces,9 of which the legend indicates "no stitch." (4 shaded squares, one knit square, and 5 shaded squares). Second row is 4 "no stitch" squares, one knit square, one make 1 square, 4 "no stitch" squares.
Okay, so my understanding is that the "no stitch" squares are like place holders for when there are few stitches on the needles than there are in the pattern row. But what if there are more stitches on the needle than the chart says to knit?
If I cast on 5 stitches, why does the first row only say to knit one? It's not till row 5 that there are as many stitches in the chart as there are on the needles.
I'm guessing I'm missing something pretty obvious here...can any one help?
Oh, FYI for clarity, it is apparently a little bag starting at the bottom and increasing up to the mouth of the bag.