Reading a Pattern for the first time

I’m knitting after many, many years and have never used a pattern.

I need help deciphering what it means. I would appreciate anyone’s help!

[I]*Row 1 (right side): K1, ssk, k10, k2tog, ssk, repeat from * to last 13 stitches, k10, k2tog, k1. (86 stitches)
Row 2 (wrong side): K6, knit into front and back (kfb) 2 times, k10, repeat from * to last 8 stitches, kfb 2 times, k6. (100 stitches)
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 nine more times

I understand the K1=knit 1 and that ssk=slip slip knit but then,
K10 = ?
k2tog = ?

Also, what is the “right side” and the “wrong side”?


The right side is the side that faces out and would be the knit side of stockinette stitch; the wrong side faces in and would be the purl side in stockinette.

You repeat the sts inside the *s so you knit 10, k2tog, ssk, k10 sts, k2tog, ssk across to the last 13 sts. K2tog is also a decrease where you knit 2 sts together as if they were one. when you get to the end of row 1 you’ll have 86 sts, then when you do the incs on row 2, you’ll have 100.

There are very helpful videos at the top of the page and a good Glossary with videos to demonstrate some terms. Here is the k2tog video.
Welcome back to knitting!

Hi. Welcome to KH1. You already got good answers, proof that you picked the right place to ask.

Another thing I’d highly recommend is to make Youtube your new best friend. Anything you don’t know you can easily learn there. Type in some of the terms you’re not familiar with and you’ll find a video explaining it. I’m still learning new knitting things on Youtube. Which just goes to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.