Monday, September 26, 2005

Knitting 101

Sometimes it's the basic things that catch me. Today's knitting question: Is every two rows the same as every other row?

And when the instructions say something like increase every 4 rows, is the 4th row the one you increase on or is the next one? I figure it would be the next one. Take for example a stockinette stitch with instructions to increase every 4 rows. I would begin the increase on the first row and count this as row 1.

row 1: knit ---- increase
row 2: purl
row 3: knit
row 4: purl
row 5 (1): knit ---- increase
row 6 (2): purl
row 7 (3): knit
row 8 (4): purl
row 9 (1): knit ---- increase

Am I right or am I wrong?

So for every two rows:

row 1: knit --- increase
row 2: purl
row 3 (1): knit --- increase
row 4 (2): purl
row 5 (1): knit --- increase

Hmmmm...that looks like every other row. So why didn't they just say that? So I think I'm ok and won't have to rip back the last two rows I knit last night!

1 comment:

  1. I think you're right. That's the way I do it anyway. I think they say "every 2 rows" instead of "every other row" because they can plug in whatever number they want in the first instance, and sometimes it would be different for different sizes (every 3 rows, 4 rows, etc.) It's like learning a whole new language, isn't it? :)