I just started learning to knit garments and I've already encountered a bit of confusion with this pattern.
Here's a sample from the pattern (tied wrap, featured in Knit Simple magazine winter 2010/2011 issue):
Beg stockinette short row shaping:
Work as foll, maintaining slip st edge:
Next row (RS): Work 62 sts, w&t, work back.
Next row (RS): Work 56 sts, w&t, work back.
Next row (RS): Work 50 sts, w&t, work back.
(ultimately, it says)
Next row (RS): Work all 120 sts, closing the wraps.
My first question is: What does "work back" mean?
Second: Since I'm supposed to start shaping the stockinette short row, why do the instructions only say "Next row (RS)"? Is it inferred that I maintain a purl stitch on the wrong sides in between and this pattern just doesn't say to do so? (I warned you that I'm a novice! )
Third: When the pattern says to "work 50 sts," is it inferred that I simply knit the entire time? ><
Then the pattern similarly says,
Beg garter short row shaping
(With similar instructions, as follows...)
Next row (WS) work 46 sts, w&t, work back.
Next row (WS) Work 41 sts, w&t, work back.
So on and so forth.
So is it just inferred since this is the garter stitch that on the right side (RS) I simply knit the entire time?
Thanks for your time! ><