Hello everyone, long time no see.
So I’ve been super busy with life, and managed to find time to knit again, with a bigger purpose. So I’ve been perusing the internet for patterns and stitches and one caught my eye; Hearts of Oak it’s called. I’m guessing there isn’t a free pattern out there, but in my searching came upon instructions for a pattern that may or may not be the same. It’s an old pattern from a booklet dated 1907 thank you internet and I’m giving it a go to see. However Round 3 starts: Make 1, knit 4, make 1, purl 1, repeat to end of round.
Skimming through the various articles, most nautical of nature, I’ve deduced that the pattern is assuming the reader knows the delicate intricacies of knitting. I, however, am still on a level between beginner and intermediate, and thus, completely lost.
Let me explain why.
I’m not knitting in the round or on dpns because I want this to be a shawl, but I’m doing a swatch, flat, to test the pattern. So I don’t want a “hole” on the ends of my work. M1A, I believe, leaves a “hole” or some such, yet all the other increases need at least one stitch done. Could I, essentially, k1, then m1 and follow the pattern as directed, perhaps even making the pattern a multiple+2 and creating a boarder?
Second question, the m1 in the pattern it does not specify m1r or m1l, but my guess is m1r when knitting comes next, and m1l when purling…is that an accurate guess? Or should I just play it safe and do a kfb in both cases?