What does no stitch mean on a knitting chart?
The squares that are not required in a particular row are “no stitch” squares. They are usually filled with a darker color than the rest of the chart, and can be ignored as you work the row.
Is the first row in knitting the right side?
The first row of a knitting pattern is considered the right side, and the second row is considered the wrong side. Since one is an odd number, all of the odd rows are right side facing. The even rows are on the wrong side.
How do you keep patterns when decreasing?
For a decrease, always consider which stitch ends up on top. (Hint: in a decrease, whatever stitch our needle enters first ends up on top.) A p2tog is all well and good to turn two purls into one purl, but it doesn’t looks so great when you have a purl overlapping a knit.
What does R mean in knitting?
RS: Right side, meaning the right side of the fabric (the side meant to be shown on the outside). RT: Right twist, to twist two strands of yarn and cross stitches. sb: Slip back one stitch (to the left needle after knitting it)