Saturday, 14 November 2009

How to slip stitches

I’ve told readers to slip stitches purl-wise, or in a manner as if you intend to purl them. I took over these expressions from instructions for other slip-stitch knitting, e.g. mosaic knitting.

I’ve come to think about this. It would probably be better if I just say: Slip stitches as if you would move them from one needle to another. I think every knitter will have done this at some stage?

And if you do this, you automatically slip stitches purl-wise, because to do it knit-wise would twist the stitches.

So just remember: Always slip stitches in the way that you would do if you moved them to another needle. Then only the question of where the yarn goes remains important.

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