Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Quick Tip Tuesday: Switching Between Stitches

Recently a beginning knitter sent me a query about switching between knit and purl in the same row. The act can be a little bit tricky, so I thought I'd attempt to clarify it here...


When you finish a knit stitch, your yarn is BEHIND your work...
but if you want to work a purl stitch next, you need to move it to be in FRONT of your work...


The trick is to move the yarn to the front BETWEEN the needles.
It is very easy to accidentally lay the work to the front OVER the needle and this will create a hole in your work (an unintentional yarn over, if you will).


Now you are ready to purl with the yarn in the front...


After you purl a stitch your yarn is in FRONT of you work...
but if you want to work a knit stitch you need to move the yarn BEHIND your work.


You then move the yarn to the back BETWEEN the needle tips again.

It can be a bit frustrating in the beginning to take these pauses in the work flow, but don't worry. You will get faster and faster with practice. If you have any questions or suggestions for a Quick Tip Tuesday post, please feel free to send them to me at BrownieKnits@yahoo.com. Knit on!

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