I found a cute boys jacket pattern at www.lionbrand.com (#70623AD) that I want to knit, but I've never used a pattern before and I don't understand what they're saying. The entire jacket uses garter stitch, and this is where I get lost. You start with the back of the jacket, cast on 48 stiches. Then it says "work even in Garter st (k every row) until back measures 14 in from beg." I don't understand what it means when it says "work even in garter stitch".
I also want to change the pattern to make a ribbing along the bottom of the jacket and the bottom of the sleeves. Most patterns I've seen step down a needle size for ribbing. Should I do this?
Last question, this is going to be a college football team jacket for my 1-year-old grandson. Will garter look nice, or should I do stockinette?
Thanks for any help you can give me--I'm really stepping outside my comfort zone by anything that's not a blanket. And I'm ready to start knitting it today while watching football.