Work stitches as they present themselves

I am trying to make a scarf that has instructions to “work stitches as they present themselves” on the wrong side. What does this mean?

Hi just a guess but I think they mean to knit all knit stitches and pearl all pearl stitches (just like a rib)

Is it a cable pattern?

Exactly. If it looks like a knit stitch, knit it. If it looks like a purl, purl it. Many patterns have you do this, especially on the back of a piece. It’s also how you keep ribbing going without counting it all the time. As soon as you recognize what a stitch looks like front and back, your knitting life is much easier.

What you do to the stitches depends on the pattern, but since it’s written that way I assume you’re ribbing? If so you knit the knit stitches and purl the purls.

Each stitch has two sides. One side (the V) are the knits and the bumps are the purls.

Thanks for your help.
It’s a diagonal basket weave scarf which I found on Knitting Pattern Central.

You’re welcome I like the basket weave pattern it is so easy, but I need to write what row I am on because I change it because I get bored easily like this basket for my niece