Hello! I am new here and somewhat of a beginner knitter, still. I am working on the wonderful Houndstooth Hunting Jacket pattern for my dog and having some trouble with my purl increases.
The general houndstooth pattern is to do
1 [MC]: k1, *sl 1 st purlwise with yib, k2, repeat from * to last 2 sts, sl 1, k1
2 [MC]: purl
3 [CC]: *sl 1 st purlwise with yib, k2, repeat from * to end of row
4 [CC]: purl
This all works great. But then I’m supposed to add in some purl (wrong side) increases at the beginning and end of each wrongside row for a section of the pattern. The problem is, I can’t figure out what purl increase to choose that won’t mess up my houndstooth shape, and that I can actually understand how to do given the alternating slipped stitches.
Furthermore, the pattern includes a note: “When working the increases or decreases, make sure that the slipped stitches line up with the slipped stitches of the same color on previous rows. To do this, always begin by knitting the first stitch in the working color for that row. Knit one or two more stitches before slipping for the first time in order to line up the slipped stitches with previous same-color rows.”
I don’t really undersand this note–except it’s clear the objective is to keep the houndstooth pattern lined up in its grid. I have a feeling that once I figure out where and how to do my increases, this will make more sense…?
Any help you all can give would be so appreciated!