okay so i am a new knitter. I am trying in vain to do a ribbed scarf… k3 p3 and all I am getting is a garter stitch! What am I doing wrong? Thanks
You have to make sure you are knitting and purling the right stitches. If you finish your row with 3 purls, you have to start your next row with 3 knits. If you finish on 3 knits, you have to start your next row with 3 purls.
On the front side you K3 P3, on the back side you P3 K3. basically what were knits on the front side are purls on the back side so you have to make sure to do them that way. Knit the knits and purl the purls.
Remember to move the yarn back to the right spot after finishing the knitting or purling too
Instead of counting stitches so much, look at your work. If you know what a knit stitch looks like, and what a purl looks like, when you’re ribbing, you knit the knits and purl the purls. It can be hard to tell on the first couple of rows, but after that it shouldn’t be a problem.