I'm brand new to knitting, have done 2 scarves and I'd like to do a shawl for myself for summer. I've looked up the abbreviations but I'm very confused as to how to read this; I don't know what some of it means - e.g. do I purl only 3 stitches in row 2? How can I have a knit1 and a purl 1 in the same stitch; I thought i action=1 stitch? Can someone please help me understand? Thank you!
Cast on 1 st.
Row 1 (WS): (K1, p1, k1) in st.
Row 2 (RS): Purl.
Row 3: (K1, p1) in first st, (k1, p1, k1) in next st, (p1, k1) in last st.
Row 4: Purl.
Row 5: (K1, p1) in first st, (k1, p1, k1) in next st, * p3 tog, (k1, p1,
k1) in next st; rep from * across to last st, (p1, k1) in last st.
Repeat Rows 4 and 5 to desired depth, measuring from center bottom point to top edge. End with a Row 4. If finishing with fringe, cast off loosely in knit; if finishing shawl with lace edging, leave the sts on needle (to be bound off later with edging stitches.)
xplain what this means?