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Little Bit
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Posted - 07/28/2006 :  12:55:18 PM  Show Profile Send Little Bit a Private Message
Hello-

I am a beginner knitter and have a question about a horseshoe lace dishcloth I am about to begin.

On several rows of this pattern, I am directed to "sl 1, K2 together, PSSO". Now the pattern does not indicate whether I should slip knitwise or purlwise.

My question is what would be the best way..knitwise or purlwise, when I slip the stitch? I have read to always slip purlwise unless the directions say knitwise but I just want to be sure.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Jan

YarnGoddess
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Posted - 07/28/2006 :  1:56:49 PM  Show Profile Send YarnGoddess a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Little Bit

I have read to always slip purlwise unless the directions say knitwise but I just want to be sure.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Jan


That's it exactly. Slipping a stitch knitwise twists it. You don't always want a twist.

Elizabeth
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Calamintha
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Posted - 07/28/2006 :  4:23:52 PM  Show Profile Send Calamintha a Private Message
I think it is too bad that so many people have learned that rule about slipping stitch purlwise unless stated otherwise because it causes a lot of confusion once people start lace knitting.

In the "sl1 k2tog psso" the first stitch should be slipped knitwise not purlwise. Some patterns and books will tell you this (like the Shawls and Scarves: Best of Knitters book) but most assume that you already know it. You can watch a video of how it should be done here (scroll down to sl1, k1, psso):

http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/basic_techniques/decrease.php
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NCmusiclady
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Posted - 07/29/2006 :  08:29:27 AM  Show Profile Send NCmusiclady a Private Message
I'm so glad your question was posted. I have had the same question for more experienced knitters and have gotten a different response from every one of them.

I'm thinking it's best to try it and see what happens. But it would be nice if there really were a rule about slipping the first stitch.
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suzeeq
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Posted - 08/01/2006 :  08:31:01 AM  Show Profile  Send suzeeq a Yahoo! Message Send suzeeq a Private Message
The thing is, if there's a `rule' that you *always* slip (Xwise), it doesn't necessarily look good in all cases. Some pieces look better if it's slipped purlwise, others knitwise. You just have to decide which goes where

sue
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