I just started knitting about a month ago. I made plenty of practice swatches, and a scarf.
I wanted to make a beanie hat. I found a very simple pattern that basically said cast on 82 stitches and knit in the round (ribbing: knit 1, purl 1) for some amount of inches.
So I cast on 82 stitches, and on about the 4th row I noticed it wasn't ribbing at all, it was like a checkerboard pattern. I figured since you were knitting in the round, you'd need an odd number of stitches instead of the even you need for straight needles. So I unraveled it, cast on 83, and tried again. It was ribbing until the 3rd row, then it started getting to be a checkerboard pattern again!
I just wanted to ask. What should I do? Even number of stitches or odd number?? Is there any rule?