I have a pattern for a little plush animal. I am a bit confused about the back and forth between knit and purl. I'm VERY new to knitting.
Some of the abbreviations used:
Inc1 = increase by working twice into the same st. first in the back then in the front
Slip1 = slip a stitch onto your needle without knitting it.
It starts this way:
Cast on 10 sts
Beg. With K & ss 2 rows
Inc1. In every st. = 20sts
P 1 row
Inc1. In every st. = 40sts
Beg With P & ss 5 rows
K35, turn and work on these stiches
Slip1, P28, turn again
Slip1, K29, turn again
Slip1, P30, turn
Slip1, K31, turn
Slip1, P32, turn
Slip1 and knit to the end including all stitches on your needle = 40sts
Beg with P & ss 5 rows
Increase again as before
from START to END
My main question is why the back and forth between knit and purl? Does this really make a difference in the end product, or is there another way to do it?
Secondly, what does "Increase again as before from START to END" mean in this case?
Thank you very much for your help!
Also, anyone happen to be in the Federal Way/Auburn, WA area who likes to help a newbie in exchange for a drink or cake?