What Am I Missing?

Hi all, newbie here to the forum and a newbie to knitting as well, just started last October.

My husband, a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan, asked me to make him a scarf with their colors. Not able to find one specifically for the Vikings, I found a Chicago Bears one and will just modify the colors used. Here is the part of the instructions I’m confused about…

[I]CO 65 sts with navy yarn

Work in single rib (k1, p1) to end of row

Work 38 more rows

*on ALL purl rows, slip the first and last stitch purlwise to create a nice edge[/I]

My question is, am I not understanding the instructions correctly, or is there something listed wrong here? It says to work all rows as rib (k1, p1) but then says “on ALL purl rows, slip the first and last stitch purlwise to create a nice edge”.

Well, there aren’t any purl rows, just k1, p1 rows, correct? What am I missing?

Any advice greatly appreciated!

It means to slip the first and last stitch of every second round.
You start with k1,p1 and so forth.
Next row you’d start with p1,k1. Instead you do slip 1,k1,p1,k1, and so forth until the end of row, where you slip the last stitch.

You don’t have to do it, it just gives a nicer edge.

So…just going by what is listed in the instructions, how am I supposed to know that the 1st row is k1,p1, and the 2nd row is p1, k1 (other than you telling me, of course:wink: )? Or is that what is indicated when it was listed as “work in single rib?” I would have taken it to mean k1, p1 every single row.

Rib is like that. If you’d k1,p1 every row, you’d get… something else, I forgot the name.
Ribbing means … wait. I might be mistaken. If you end your first row with a knit stitch, the next row starts with a purl stitch. If not, it starts with a knit stitch. So it MIGHT be that you k1,p1 every row.
Sorry, I quite forgot about that. Ribbing means you knit the stitches as they appear. Knit the knits and purl the purls, knowing that on the wrong side (meaning every second row), the knits from the previous row become purls and vice versa.

So, just remember, if you end your first row with a knit, then you start the next row with a purl.
If you end your first row with a purl, you start the next row with a knit.

I hope this makes sense to you.

65 stitches means your rows end with a knit stitch. (If I am not totally mistaken)
That means your next row starts as p1,k1.

Except it the rest of the scarf is not meant to be in ribbing, though I doubt it. Might be though.

Actually yes, the whole scarf is in ribbing. At least it all looks the same in the photo, the link for which I might be able to post now since my post count is 2.


Yay, it let me!

Thanks for the clarification!

A k1 p1 rib is worked the same on every row [I]only [/I]if you have an even number of sts. If there’s an odd number of sts, one of the rows will begin with a purl stitch.

If you did k1 p1 over an odd number of sts you get seed or moss stitch.

Yes, seed/moss stitch was the name I was looking for.
Without offense, I think your explanation is less easy to get suzeeq :smiley:

No offense taken, it takes all kinds of ways to explain something because different people understand it differently. Yours was a bit wordy, so I thought I’d give a shorter version…

Lol I think mine was … a bit wordier, yes. But might be better understood by some people. Your description was better suited to experienced knitters I guess. But well, to each his own.

Looking at the picture I would say that it is knitted in stocking stitch & not rib (K1,P1). Keeping the first stitch a purl shouldn’t be confusing now that you’re working one row knit & l row purl.

Hope this helps.

When you do a k1 p1 rib the single purl stitch recedes and it looks more like stockinette unless stretched out. K2, p1 does this too.

The instructions indicate it is knit in rib though out.

I do think it would have been easier to read had it said something like “on all rows that begin with a purl…”

Nice looking scarf though!