I need some help

I am new to the site. My name is Danielle. I have been knitting for a while now, and usually can figure things out on my own. However, my teenage daughter asked me to knit a bathing suit, so I ordered a book with a pattern and now I am confused about some of the wording. It says K3, *P1, (K1, P1, K1) all in next step, rep from * to last 4 sts, P1, K3…39 (I know what all this means.) Then it says Keeping rib correct, work 5 rows. Does that mean that I should do the exact opposite of these directions for every other row (K where it tells me to P, P where it tells me to knit, etc)? Please give me guidance.

If you’re knitting flat, then I would say yes. That’s the only way to keep the ribbing.

BTW, WELCOME to KH!! :cheering:

That’s the way I take it. That would make sense for ribbing.

That’s the way I read it if you are using straight needles!

What you want to do, more than deciding whether the pattern says to k or p, is to read your knitting. Amy has a video about ribbing, and she describes how to recognize a knit v. a purl stitch on this page. Then, instead of wondering what row you’re on, you can look at the next stitch on the left needle, and if it’s a knit stitch, you’ll knit it, and if it’s a purl stitch, you’ll purl it, thereby staying in the rib as established.

I think being able to read your knitting is almost as important…no, more important, than being able to read a pattern. Check out Amy’s videos on fixing mistakes and recognizing mistakes as well.

I think so.