I am a beginner knitter and I have a pattern that says for a row: k the p sts and p the k sts; in another row: k the k sts and p the p sts. Help!
[B]The [COLOR=Red]most important thing[/COLOR] you can learn is what the stitches look like. [/B]It will help you for the rest of your knitting career.
Each stitch has two sides. One side is a knit stitch the other is a purl. So if you knit two stitches and turn your work you’ll see two purl stitches.
To rib you knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches as they face you. As they face you just means when the work is in your left hand and you are ready to start knitting again. If you ended with two purls when you turn your work you’ll see two knit stitches so you knit them.
If you were to knit the purls and purl the knits you would get seed stitch.
Here is a sample of what the stitches look like. Once you learn this then just follow the pattern as it’s written and soon you’ll see the pattern of your knitted fabric appear.