Hi! I'm a rather newer knitter. I've chosen to make the Travel Shawl from Knitting 24/7. The beginning of the pattern is confusing me in terms of joining and placing the markers so that the pattern sets up okay on dpns. I've used double points before and usually just join by starting in on the knit (or purl) stitch. In other patterns where the stitch pattern isn't crucial, I just use the tail yarn as my guide. I've placed markers before, but in this pattern, however, I'm finding it difficult because there are immediate increases (M1-u) after the 1st knitted round and therefore the stitches don't line up on each needle.
The pattern reads as follows:
[I]Using waste yarn, CO 8 sts. K2 rows. Change to working yarn; leaving 12" tail; K1 row. Join for working in the rnd; pm for beginning of round.
Increase Rnd: *K1, M1-u; repeat from * to end - 16 sts. Purl 1 rnd. Pm after sts 4,8, and 12.
Begin Pattern: Begin pattern from Chart A... the first few row of Chart A starts like this: K3,YO,K1,YO
So my questions would be
1. where do I place the markers exactly because doesn't each needle have to have the same # of stitches.
2. can't I just keep the tail as my guide for the first few rows and then add in my markers later on in the chart?
3. since I'm using dpns, isn't each needle like a marker? I understand using the markers for circular needles to keep the pattern correct, but it seems unnecessary right now until I have to change to circulars.
What would you suggest? Thanks!!!