Slip stitches knitwise or purlwise?

Hi there, this looks like a great place to ask a question I have about a pattern in the latest issue of the Australian version of Creative Knitting magazine. It’s for a hat that can either be knitted on circular or straight needles.

The beginning of the pattern states -

Cast on 116 sts.
The first row is the wrong side. Slip all the first stitches knitwise or purlwise respectively.

Knit 6 rows.
Purl 1 row.
Next row: (K2tog, K2) to end (87 sts.).

What exactly does this mean? I know how to slip stitches knitwise and purlwise, but does this mean that I will slip the first stitch knitwise, then the next stitch purlwise, then the next stitch knitwise, and so on?

Thank you so much for any help you can give me! I’m just not real positive about what this means and want to understand it before I continue on guesswork! :smiley:

I’ve never seen that, but I would slip the knit rows knitwise and the purl rows purlwise, since that’s what it sounds like you should do.

That’s for knitting flat. If I was knitting it in the round, I wouldn’t slip any.