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Question about Heirloom Knit Baby Blanket

I am not sure what to do with the even number rows in this pattern. The instructions read: "Row 2 and all even rows: Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches as they face you."

So, if row 5 is:

then what does row 6 look like?

I think if you can give me an answer on this row I can figure the rest out....
I've tried several different interpretations and none of them seem to be giving me the right look.

Thank you! Barbara


Welcome to the wonderful world of "reading your knitting." As you become more confident in your reading skills, you will find yourself freed from the tyranny of constantly counting every stitch you work and consulting the pattern for every stitch instruction.

Think about the stitches in knitting this way -- the words knit and purl are used to describe two sides of just one stitch. Kind of like we use the word "back of head" to describe the backs of our head and "face" to describe the front of our head. However, there is just one head just like there is just one stitch.

When a stitch presents itself on the knitting needle with a smooth V -- it's a knit stitch. However, on the previous row it was purled. When a stitch presents itself on the knitting needle with a little bump underneath it, it is a purl stitch however on the previous row it was knit.

Rather than try to parse out the row directions you have provided, I would like to suggest practicing with a smaller swatch and simpler instructions.

Suppose you had a 2x3 rib stitch worked as k2, p3, k2, p3. Cast on 15 stitches and work k2, p3, k2, p3, k2, p3.
On the next row, in order to maintain this stitch pattern you would k3, p2, k3, p2, k3, p2 which would be knitting the knits and purling the purls "as they face you." Try this out with some smooth, light colored yarn so it's easier to see your stitches.