Hi, my name is Chloe and I’m just re-learning to knit. I don’t really know a whole lot about the knitting world and the lingo used to describe the stitches, so bear with me. I’ve been doing the knit stitch for quite a while now, and have always wondered why it looks like the purl. (I don’t see the “v” shape that is supposed to be there, instead I see the horizontal squiggles.) Can someone please explain why this is and how I can fix it. (Ignore my awful work, I sorta just threw it together)
Your work looks just fine. If you’re knitting flat (back and forth in rows but not in the round) and you knit every row you get the squiggly pattern which is called garter stitch. If you purl every row, you get the same pattern, garter stitch.
If you knit one row, purl one row and continue alternating rows like this, you get stockinette stitch. That’s when you see the Vs on one side and the bumps on the other side.