Hi everybody! Here’s what clue 3 knits up like:
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If you’re a purist when it comes to the mystery of these clues, the following pictures might give a little something away!
Our next clue adds a little trick to simple knit and purl stitches to create a really interesting effect. I can see how the pattern might get people scratching their heads, so here are some tips to help you along.
First of all, check your stitch glossary! It’s especially important in this pattern. Let’s take a look at SL3.
SL3 = Slip next 3 stitches purlwise with yarn at RS of work.
This means it’s important to know which is the right side and which is the wrong side of your work. The 1st row of the pattern is marked as the right side (RS), which means all of the odd number rows are the right side as well. Try marking the right side with a safety pin or paper clip (something removable!) so you don’t have to think too much about what side you’re on (remember, thinking gives you wrinkles!).
Now you know when it comes time to slip these 3 stitches, you need to hold your yarn on the side with the marker. Here’s a look at slipping those stitches:
Insert your right needle into all three stitches as if to purl (ie; purlwise) and slip them off the left needle and onto the right. You are not knitting or purling these stitches, just moving them from one needle to the other.
On this particular row my next stitch after the Sl3 is a knit stitch, which means I now have to move my working yarn to the back again. (If my next stitch was a purl, I would simply purl without adjusting my working yarn)
Now I have a strand of yarn running across those three stitches I slipped. I might look funny, but don’t panic! It will all work out in the end. Try not to pull that “float” of yarn too tight or leave it too loose. The float should be about half an inch (1 cm ish) long.
I hope that clears up any confusion! Good luck Knit-alongers!
Clue #4 is the last of our knit and purl combination patterns. What’s on the horizon? You’ll have to check back next time! Hey, I have to keep some of the mystery! Clue #5 will be released Wednesday December 16th.