I am using the Russian Winter bear hat pattern in the Stitch N' Bitch Nation book. I want to make the bear hat to wear on Halloween. I am stuck. I got to the part where it says: w/ RS facing, pu 20 sts btwn. right side of CO edge and sts on needle. K sts from needle. Pu 20 sts down left side to CO edge-48 sts. Beg with a WS row, work in St st until piece measures 7" from picked up sts. ....etc.
I don't understand where I should pu 20 sts. Which side is the right side btwn the CO edge and sts on needle?
First, lay your knitting down with the knit side (RS) face up and your live stitches away from you, as in the picture. Start picking up stitches from the bottom right. Pick up 20 sts along the right side then knit the live stitches. Next, pick up 20 sts down the left side. You should have 48 sts. Now when you flip your work over you're looking at the purl side (WS) and can now proceed to purl across for your first WS (wrong side) row.
Wondering how to pick up stitches? KnittingHelp.com has a video that shows you how to pick up stitches.
What is SSP?
SSP: (slip, slip, purl) Slip the next 2 sts knitwise, one at a time, to right needle. Slip them back to left needle. Then purl them together through back loops. See KnittingHelp.com for a video.
It seems like the purl side of the knitting should be the right side because it's fuzzier. What's up with that?
While you're working, the purl side of the hat will be fuzzier than the knit side. That's okay! The knit side is still the right side of the work. When you're finished with the hat, brush the right side (knit side) with a cat slicker brush (the ones with metal teeth) several times. This will pull much of the furr to the right side and help make the hat very furry looking.