Here's the problem...Look at the below picture. According to the pattern, the needle closest to you is needle number 1 (N1), needle 2 (N2) is the upper right hand needle, and needle 3 (N3) is the last on the left. Keeping this in mind, the working yarn is in between N3 and N1, and I am about to start the next row on N1.
Ok...here's where the problem comes in. Look at the previous rows on N1...they appear to be purled. Following in the pattern, the next several rows are to be knitted on the 24 sts on N1 (back and forth). The pattern calls for a K row, turn, then a Purl row, turn...etc. It is hard to explain, but the existing rows on N1 are wrong...they should look like Knit rows. Furthermore, if I were to Knit the next row, it would be wrong after the "Turn". Basically, if I work it as the pattern states without correcting it, the WS would be facing out instead of the RS.
This happened to a pair of booties that I donated to charity. I did it on both socks equally, so it looks like it is supposed to be there. What it ended up looking like (it was actually neat looking) was after the "ribbing" portion of the pattern, the next 3 rows were Purls and created a band around the sock for 3 rows. This was incorrect, because the row was not supposed to be WS out, but rather Knit sts out, or RS. However, I followed the pattern and got the "bands". After I matched the 3 WS rows on the second bootie, I fixed the pattern but knitting instead of purling rows.
Basically, I work the DPN's Counter-Clockwise because when you join the round, the working yarn is on the right needle, and you join by working the first sts on the LH needle (first cast on)...then, I continue working counter clockwise.
I must be flipping something. Has anyone experienced this and corrected themselves? The sock is looking very good, and I can correct this by changing the pattern. However, there is obviously something that I am doing wrong ALL THE TIME! So, I need to learn and fix it.
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