Establishing Rows and M1

I have a pattern to knit a cable slouch hat. It says to cast on 72 sts and do at least 10 rows in K2 P2. That part I understand.

Then it says Increase row: Repeat K3M1 (96 st).

Change to the bigger needle.

Establishing rows:

Row 1, 2 and 3) P2, K6, P2, K6
Row 4) P2, T6F, K6

I am wondering when I should do the increase and what exactly does the establishing rows mean? Do I spread out the K3M1 in the Establishing rows or do I do K3M1 right after the ribbing? Also, Rows 1-3 are all knit rows. In order to have a cable, I feel that the alternating rows should be purl, right?

Thanks for any help you can give me.

You repeat ‘k3, m1’ all across the row, increasing the stitches to 96. It’s a transition row between the rib and the cables and establishes or ‘sets up’ the sts for the cable pattern. Rows 1-3 are not all knits, they’re p2, k6 all across the row. Row 4 will be the row you cross the cable sts on.

you would knit three and make one, and repeat that across, then do the establishing rows, I believe, right after the ribbing.

I think they are saying that the p6 & k6, p2 and k2 are the establishing rows to follow the pattern from there on.

Thank you for your help!:slight_smile: