Pattern help


I’m a fairly new knitter and I’m about to attempt my first big knitting project. However, I’m a bit confused on the beginning of the pattern.

It says to cast on 8 sts evenly. For row 1: *knit 1, m1, repeat from * to end of row. Join round. Row 2: Knit all sts in the round.

Maybe I’m reading it wrong, but am I supposed to knit before joining the round??? And if I’m casting on 8 sts…does that mean its only 2 sts to a needle?


This does sound strange to me…

The only thing I can think of is maybe row 1 is the “joining row”, if that makes any sense? :???:

It COULD make sense, if you just did as the pattern says, M1 and so until you get to half the stitches, then joining, then continuing as it states, but it still sounds a bit strange to me.
Maybe someone else can clear you up on this, or maybe you could tell us what you are doing?

It sounds fine to me - cast on 8, increase 8 sts then join and knit the next round. Sometimes that’s easier than casting on 8 sts and joining then increasing on the first round. You can do it either way.

If you join first, instead of putting the 8 sts on 4 needles though, put them on only 2 and use the 3rd to knit with. Then after a few rounds and increases dpns are a lot easier to handle than with just 2 sts on each needle. Then you can add more needles and rearrange the sts.

AH! I get it. Thank you!!

When the pattern says to M1, can I use any make one method?

I usually do a M1 as kfb, because it doesn’t leave a hole. But since there a cast on row beneath this, you could knit into the back loop of the long tail cast on below it. It depends what you are doing on the next row. If it has purls, use kfb. If it is all knits, I’d add the stitch onto the cast on. Either way will probably work fine.

Since it’s the first row, a kfb will probably be better. You can also use the M1A shown on the Increases page which is the same as a backward loop.