Just started back knitting, please help


I just started back knitting again and I’m trying to knit a hat for a baby.

Here’s the pattern:

Cast on 44 stitches.
Knit 2 rows. Beginning with a right side (knit) row, work 4 rows in Stockinette stitch (knit on right side, purl on wrong side). Purl next row (on right side).
Work in Stockinette stitch for 9 rows.
Knit next row (on wrong side).
Work in Stockinette stitch for 9 rows.
Knit 2 together across next row.
Cut yarn, leaving a long end. Thread end through remaining stitches, pull together tightly and knot.

I casted on 44 stitches and knit 2 rows. To begin in stockinette do I knit another row or do I use the current row? Also, after I do that it says to purl on the right side. How do I get the pattern back on track? Do I purl another row and then knit?

I know I am probably reading into this too much but I just want to get this simple hat done so I can start knitting again.

Thanks in advance.

Knit 2 rows, knit the next row, your first stockinette row, the one after that will be purl. After 9 rows of stockinette, you’ll be on a WS row, but you knit that one instead of purl it and purl on the RS row. This makes reverse stockinette so your purl side will show on the RS where you had the knit side before.

Thanks for responding to my question. One more question - rows of stockinette… Is that knit one row purl one row counting as one row or is each knit row and purl row counted separately. I hope I don’t sound too confusing.

Each trip across the needle is one row.

Thank you.