Renewed Beginner Needs Basic Instruction Help

Hi. I’m new here and a re-newed knitter. I’m starting a baby blanket that has multiple colors. The first “block” involves 2 colors, A & B, and the instructions reads: With A, CO 130 sts. Purl 1 row.
Alternating Stockinette Stripes:
Row 1: With B, purl.
Row 2: With B, knit.
Row 3: With A, knit.
With 4: With A, purl.
Repeat 4 rows for pattern.
Work Alt.Stock.Stripes a total of 10 times. Work Rows 1&2 once more. Break yarn for A. Switch to C…
Does this mean that after casting on, I purl 1 row A, then do the outlined pattern twice (for a total of 8 rows), then do Row 1 and Row 2 for a total of 10 rows. Then Break and begin C? Or do I do Rows 1-4 two times through, Rows 1 and 2 again (to get to 10 rows) and then Rows 1 and 2 once more (for a total of 12 rows? Or do I do Rows 1-4 ten times (for a total of 40 rows) and then Rows 1 and 2 once more before breaking?
Thanks!

Welcome to KH!
Which pattern are you working? Can you give us a pattern name or a link?
It’ll help to see the striped sequence but it sounds like you cast on, work a purl row, repeat the stripe pattern (rows 1-8) 10 times total, then work row 1&2, break yarn A and switch to C.

It is Tot Toppers “Favorite Cap & Blanket Set.” I downloaded it from yarn.com http://yarn.com/ at https://www.yarn.com/products/tot-toppers-favorite-cap-blanket-set-pdf https://www.yarn.com/products/tot-toppers-favorite-cap-blanket-set-pdf, but the original link is: http://store.tottoppers.com/favorite-cap-blanket-set-download/ http://store.tottoppers.com/favorite-cap-blanket-set-download/.
If I do the instructions as you suggest, does the color that is not currently being knit/purled just get carried up the edge when it comes back into pattern? Lastly, of all the CO options, which would recommend since I have to CO 130 stitches?
Really appreciate the help! Once I get started I think I’ll be good to go!

OK, looking at the photo, it seems that you should work 10 of the purl bump stripes or ridges rather than 10 repeats of the pattern rows. Every time you work rows 1-8 you get 2 purl bump ridges. Give it a try on a small number of sts (5-6sts is enough) so that you can see the pattern

Yes, carry up the color not in use. It’s only for 2 rows each time.

You can use almost any cast on. A knit or cable cast on is easier than a long tail cast on because you won’t have to estimate the yarn needed.

You might place a marker or a safety pin on the side facing you when you start row 1.

Hi. Sorry, but what do you mean by Rows 1-8? The pattern refers to 1-4 only. Sorry to be so elementary, but could you list, row by row, how you would do the first color block? I’m sure I’ll get it that way and be able to take it from there. Thank you!!

The pattern says to repeat rows 1-4 for the pattern so I interpret that as row 1-8 are the pattern rows. You’re right, no matter how you consider it, rows 1-4 are indeed the repeat.
What I’m recommending is that you count the purl ridges and when you get to 10, change to the next color. You can write out the rows but I think it’s a difficult way to keep track. Easier to just keep track of the purl ridges.
Row 1: With B, purl.
Row 2: With B, knit.
Row 3: With A, knit.
With 4: With A, purl.
Row 1: With B, purl.
Row 2: With B, knit.
Row 3: With A, knit.
With 4: With A, purl.
Row 1: With B, purl.
Row 2: With B, knit.
Row 3: With A, knit.
With 4: With A, purl.
Row 1: With B, purl.
Row 2: With B, knit.
Row 3: With A, knit.
With 4: With A, purl.
Row 1: With B, purl.
Row 2: With B, knit.
Row 3: With A, knit.
With 4: With A, purl.
then repeat rows 1&2
I haven’t tried this for the full number of repeat however.

Oh, I see. Thanks. I’ll try that.

Hi, back again. Took me a bit of time to get the proper needs and get my skeins of yard wound properly.
So I’m at the point in the above pattern where I have to change colors of yarn at the end of rows. Can I just do a yarn over on the first stitch of the new color row, or is there something more secure or durable I should be doing?
Thanks!

You can start knitting with the new color leaving about a 6 inch tail… It’ll be a little loose at first but you can always tighten it up later by pulling on the tail. If you work a yarn over at the beginning of the row you’ll increase a stitch so that won’t work.

Ok. Thx!