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QUESTION: Hi, i am presently trying to knit pattern 1752 from Sirdar and am perplexed by the directions for the 1x1 ribbing for the back of the sweater. It states to start the first row with k1 p1 continue to the end. Next row to p1 k1 to end and this forms the 1x1 rib. Is this not a seed stitch pattern??? And  would a sweater ever have a seed stitch band at the back then switch to ribbing in the front?? I wouldn't think so. It seems to me that this pattern has an inconvenient typo  that is very frustrating for the newer knitter, namely me. Ive ripped out my knitting several times  thinking I'm doing something horribly wrong!  Does this happen a lot in knitting patterns? I also have pattern 1879 by Sirdar and it is the same there too but using a 2x2 ribbing. Has this happened to anyone else? Please help me know what is going on as this is not a lot of fun !! Perhaps these patterns are more of a guide and not something to follow exactly? Thanks for your help in this matter

ANSWER: You are right in your thinking that the back would not have a moss stitch with the front having ribbing.

In doing 1x1 rib you would k 1, p1 across.  If you have an odd number of stitches you will end with a knit stitch and the next row would start with a purl stitch.  but if you have an even number of stitches you would end with a purl and the next row would start with a knit stitch.

You can use an odd number of stitches to do the ribbing and just add one on the last row of ribbing.  

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QUESTION: Thank you for the quick response, so appreciated! This seems to be basic information that one should know. How does one learn these basic things?? Is there some other source to tap into to find out other norms for reading patterns? Other instances of "common knowledge" in the knitting world? I really want to be a good knitter but get frustrated with all the little things I have to learn as it takes a lot of time ripping out my mistakes. Aghhhhh. Thanks again for your clear help! I will not give up! But I would love  this to be a heck of a lot easier. 😊

Search the web for knitting videos.  Some of them are very good.  You can google a knitting term or abbreviation that is troubling you.

Just stay with it.  No one learns everything in a day or a week or with the first few projects.  I've been knitting for 65 years and I'm still learning.  I just learned how to do  an I cord bind  off on a pair of mittens.  


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