Okay so I’m a beginner and I wanted to make a "World War II Watchmans Cap (Beanie No. 212) on straight needles (I have included the portion of the pattern I am using below). I have completed the first section and am ready to start the crown shaping. I realized that it did not clarify that I would have to purl alternate rows to keep to my stockinette stitch. However I am stymied with the decrease process. If I start my knit row with the knit one, slip one, passover, how will I start my purl row? Are the decrease stitches the same above each other from row to row or do the alternate? Looking forward to someone’s help.
Beginners - Straight Needle option:
Place stitch markers as follows:
112 st hat = place a stitch marker after 37 stitches, then place a second stitch marker after 37 stitches so that 38 stitches follow the second marker. Stitches will be divided on needle this way:
37 stitches, marker, 38 stitches, marker, 38 stitches Decrease 1 stitch on each side of marker as follows:
*knit 1, slip 1, knit 1, pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch (“slip-k-pass”), knit to within 3 stitches of next marker, knit 2 stitches together (k2 tog), knit to the last stitch; repeat from * until 4 stitches remain on each side of the stitch markers. For the last decrease, only make the decreases necessary for 12 stitches to remain on the needle.