Hi JCurry 28, thanks for your response. I just started to write the following response, but then realised I had made an error calculating.
" Thank JCurry28, but the problem I seem to be having is that if I do the 9 rows of st st as described, I end up on the wrong side to that the 10th row would be WS facing, not the RS described in text. I wondered whether it was because using the phrase "even" means you're actually doing a different total number of rows than that referred to in the pattern (e.g. 18 perhaps, each st st row counting as a single purl row followed by a knit row, not each knit row and purl row being counted seperately) "
I've just realised that I'm actually on the right side - but that does flag up the same confusion for me in the other very similar patterns, where it gives an even number of rows of stocking st, but expects you to be on the opposite side to what I would expect:
(RS) Purl Upper: work 10 rows even in st st. Next row: (RS) K27 etc etc.
Surely the row after you finish the st st should be a WS row, not a RS row? Or does the phrase 'even' mean you do something different than a total of ten rows, alternating knit and purl rows.
I guess what I'm asking is, if a pattern says do x rows even of stocking stitch, is that different to x rows of stocking stich?
Any help very gratefully recieved! And sorry if my message is slightly incoherent!