At times I'm not completely sure about counting rows, especially when the terminology WITHIN A SINGLE PATTERN seems to vary. For example, what's the difference between "every second row" and "every other row"?
Also, is one supposed to treat selvedge stitches as if they aren't in the pattern? I bought a knitting book and the author went on and on about how important it was to knit every selvedge stitch twice and I had no idea what she was talking about. I had never heard of slipping the first stitch in every row, so what she was saying made no sense to me. Later I saw an E. Zimmerman video and she was talking about slipping the 1st stitch. This is supposed to make edges more even?
I can certainly understand why a continental knitter would want to knit in the round. I can't purl like that! I think the fact is that both type stitches are easiest when the yarn is coming up from the direction of feed, and so the knit sticth is easier by Continental; in american technique, I purl faster than I knit for that reason.