Which stitches are purls on the next row?


I’m trying a lace pattern for the first time and don’t know which stitches qualify as ‘purl’ stitches for the WS rows. Here’s what I mean:

Row1 (RS): k1, *k2, SKP, k4, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, rep *, end k1.

Row 2 (WS): k the knit sts and p the purl sts

When I’m doing row 2, the two yo sts look different from all the others. Are those the purls? My pattern isn’t looking right, so any other tips for this type of pattern that a newbie knitter might need would be appreciated.

Thanks so much for any help!

A knit stitch on one side produces a purl stitch on the other side, and vice versa. So anything that was knit on your first row produced purls on the reverse side and so on the second row you will purl those stitches. Does that make any sense, it is difficult to describe. Your yarn overs on the first row count as knit stitches, in my opinion (although it’s not specific about that) and so will be purled on the next row.

I agree with knitqueen. It looks like this particular row would be all purled.

When they say k the knits and purl the purls, it’s as the face you. So if there’s a purl on your needle looking at you (which would have been knit on the previous row), purl it. If there’s a knit there, knit it.

Thanks so much for the help!

The pattern is now coming out great. I do not understand why the Row 2 (WS) instructions are not simply “purl all stitches”, as all RS rows are combinations of knit and yo stitches.

Thanks again!


Some patterns are just written strangely… :shrug:


the way i learned it was to knit the v’s and purl the bumps! maybe that will help you in later projects! bye! :muah: :muah: :happydance: :happydance: