"Knit the knits, purl the purls"?

I am doing a purse pattern and here’s the first part of the instructions :

CO 38
Row 1: k2, p2, k4, p6, k4, p2, k4, p6, k4, p2, k2
Row 2 & 3: Knit the knits, purl the purls.

I have done rows 1-3 and I have to admit it doesn’t look like much. I’m not sure I’m doing it right.

The yarn is kinda dark too, I’m using Lamb’s Pride bulky but it’s a dark blue… my mom will like that color, even though the cables won’t show up too well.

Anyhow… can someone explain what I should do when it says knit the knits and purl the purls? I get confused about whether a bump is a knit or a purl and whether it changes depending on which side you’re on. What I did was just reverse the row 1 instructions for the 2nd row, and then follow the row 1 instructions exactly for row 3. Is that right?

You knit the v’s as they face you and purl the bumps as they face you.

If it’s hard to see, then you reverse the pattern, but you have to reverse the direction of the pattern as well, since you’re working in the other direction. (That doesn’t apply here since your pattern is symmetrical, anyway.)

Row 1 and 3 k2, p2, k4, p6, k4, p2, k4, p6, k4, p2, k2

Row 2 p2, k2, p4, k6, p4, k2, p4, k6, p4, k2, p2

It sounds like what you did is right.

Oops, I didn’t do it right. I did the opposite of this!

Now, on Row 2, if I start off with P2, since I ended the row with a K2, doesn’t that mean I am purling the knits? :??

I will get this if it kills me!

The key here is to knit the knits and purl the purls as they face you.

Forget the fact that on the previous row they were knits or purls. On THIS row, as you’re looking at them, the bumps are purls and the v’s are knits. You knit what you see. Much easier than trying to remember what they were before, too.