I am a male among many females trying to learn to knit. This all started because my wife claims that she cannot learn things from reading books or watching videos online. So, I told her that I would teach myself and then teach her. What a loving husband...lol
To my question...I have completed 1 of 4 halves of a pair of mittens. I am going to have to start over because something is obviously wrong, I know where it's wrong, but I DO NOT know what I did wrong. I think the problem is this WS vs RS stuff :roflhard:
My pattern said something like this...not with me, so not exact.
First 8 rows were stockinette (K1P1) and that was fine. Then, the next 8 rows make up the patt.
Row 1: Knit (RS) (19)
Row 2: Purl - and all other even rows in patt (19)
Row 3: K3, P1, K5, P1, K5, P1, K3 (19)
Row 5: P1, K5, P1, K5, P1, K5, P1 (19)
Row 7: K1, P1, K5, P1, K5, P1, K5 (19)
Row 8: Purl
Now, this makes the pattern, and you are to repeat this pattern until the work reaches 2 3/4" from rib to end of work. This worked out to be me repeating the patt 3 times to achieve the length required.
Sounds easy huh? I thought so until I finished one half of the mitten. Here's my problem. Every time the pattern starts over (ROW 1), the 8 rows flip to be the other side, so from the rib to tip, the mitten has 8 rows of looking right, then 8 rows of looking at the wrong side, then 8 rows of looking at the right side. In other words, the mitten looks like a "wave"...up, down, up...or front, back, front...or RS, WS, RS.
The problem is the "RS" in Row 1. I understand what the right side is, but how do I work this?
I am using a single pointed needle, so at the end of each row, I "Turn" to make the RH needle become the LH needle and work the sts off the LH needle and back onto the RH needle...so on and so on. I don't know what else to do? After Row 8, how do I knit RS if there is only one direction I can work?
Thanks for your help, and if the description isn't clear enough, I will try and post a picture of the mitten half that I have worked.
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