quick stitch question; chart question
I'm making the Backyard Leaves Scarf from Pam Allen's "Scarf Style" (pp. 79-82 if you have the book).
There are frequent slip stitches along the edge. When it calls for a sl st should I assume it's knitwise unless the pattern says otherwise (which this one doesn't)? (The precise stitch on the chart is actually "sl 1 wyib on RS; sl 1 wyif on WS" and also there's a "sl 1 wyif on RS"). I undertand the "wyif" and "wyib" part; I just want to make sure that it makes sense that I'm always slipping the st knitwise, since the pattern doesn't say.
Also, is it standard for row 1 to always be the right-side row when reading a chart? This is my first time using a chart and it called for a set-up row, then row 1... took me some time looking at the chart to make sure row 1 was the RS row. It is, but it got me wondering about charts in general.