Hi, I have just joined this forum for some help with a pair of socks I'm knitting for the first time. I'd say i'm probably an intermediate knitter and understand most terms. I'm about half way finished with these socks but i've come to a part that I need help with. I am following a book called "Learn to knit socks" and I am working on the Heel flap, the pattern says "working back and forth in rows on N1 sts only, knit 1 row.
Row 1 (WS) Purl
Row 2: Sl 1, *k1, sl 1; rep from * across
Row 3 - 20: Rep (Rows 1 and 2) 9 times - 10 sl st loops on each edge of the heel flap.
Firstly, I am confused by this last sentence which I have put in bold. I started with 21 stitches like the pattern says and after knitting all 20 rows have finished with 21 stitches. My other problem is that the next step called Turn Heel states the following
row 1 (WS) P13, p2tog, p1. this only equals 16 stitches, what do I do with the remaining 5? Is there something I didn't do? With the bold sentence I didn't do what it said there because I have a slipped stitch on the sides of the row (first stitch and last stitch) but no stitches have been decreased or anything like that so I don't really understand where they could have gone!
Let me know if this is confusing to understand, I'm not the best at explaining things