Knitting for years, but this confounds me

Hi… Pat from the Jersey Shore here. I haven’t been here for a while, but I have a question about changing from knitting in the round to flat.

I’m trying to follow a pattern for a Cowl in the round that changes into a pointed kerchief at the bottom

It calls for stopping the knitting in the round, and then knitting flat—back and forth.

But, what confuses me, is that this process leaves a split in the fabric… A division.

Here’s the link to the pattern which comes up a PDF: says:


You will now discontinue working in the rnd. You can now remove the st marker

Row 1 (WS): K2, p to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 2: K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1—2 sts dec’d.

Row 3: Same as row 1.

Row 4: K1, ssk, work in established pattern to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1—2 sts dec’d.

Work rows 1- 4–18 times more, then work rows 1 and 2 once more. 6 sts on needle.

Next Row: K1, ssk, k2tog, k1—2 sts dec’d. 4 sts on needle.

Next Row: K all sts.

Next Row: K1, k3tog, pass the first k st over. 1 st rem.

Cut yarn, leaving a tail, and pull through last st. Fasten off. Weave in all ends and block .

Is this the correct way to do this? Seems something was left out of the pattern. Would love some insight into this. Thank you all so much. Happy Halloween from the Jersey Shore, Pat

Welcome to the forum!
Yes, this looks correct. You finish the circular part of the pattern with row 8 and then begin the flat part with 3 stockinette rows. Row 4 again picks up the established pattern with k1p1. You might want to reinforce the change between circular and back and forth so that there isn’t much pull or strain on the split but otherwise it seems ok.

Thank you so much! It came out great and the split, I realized was normal. I’m terrible at envisioning knitting patters as they progress.