My So-Called Mini-Tutorial
December 14, 2006
DANGER! WARNING: IF YOU ARE A NKR (NON-KNITTING READER) OF THIS BLOG (I.E. ANN’S BROTHER-IN-LAW), STOP NOW. SAVE YOURSELF BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. I’M BEGGING YOU. THIS POST CONCERNS A TECHNICAL ASPECT OF KNITTING THAT WILL BE TEDIOUS EVEN TO MOST KNITTERS. WHAT FOLLOWS WILL BE OF INTEREST ONLY TO A VERY SMALL SUBSET OF READERS WHO ACTUALLY KNIT. READING FURTHER THAN THIS WARNING MAY RESULT IN NAUSEA, BOREDOM, AND ANXIETY THAT YOU MAY SOMEDAY ACTUALLY TAKE UP KNITTING AND HAVE TO READ STUFF LIKE THIS.
Hi there. Presumably you’re stuck (a) in a long line at Target (b) trying not to watch as kids touch baked goods with their bare hands at a holiday bake sale (c) getting your highlights done to look your best for upcoming seasonal festivities or (d) something equally worthwhile that I am too lazy to be doing and will soon regret not doing. While you’re away, I thought I’d answer a question from the comments from Cynthia, who writes:
I love the look of the stitch in My So-Called Scarf, but I just don’t get how to do it based on the directions. Any chance you could be coaxed into showing some pictures of the stitches in progress?
This we know: I can be coaxed into almost anything. When I first read through these instructions myself, they didn’t make complete sense to me. The thing is, when you actually cast on and try to do it, there will not be many alternatives that present themselves, so try it before sitting through my mini-tutorial. Because sometimes we need a mini-tutorial, but we never really WANT a mini-tutorial. At least that’s the way I am. Reckless and under-tutored.
So here are the instructions and here is how I do it. If I’m doing it wrong, I’m not sure I want to know, because I’m done with the scarf and it looks JUST GREAT to me.
Row 1 instructs us to ” K1, *sl 1, K1, psso but before dropping the slipped stitch from the left needle, knit into the back of it* repeat until there is one stitch left, K1.”
Let’s do it! Knit 1, slip 1 (purlwise), then knit 1. We are all okay so far, right?
Here, we watch as Kay starts to pass that slipped stitch over, but wait!
Before she lets the slipped stitch drop, she wraps another loop around the right needle.
And now–only NOW–she lets that ol’ slipped stitch go. She has 2 new stitches on the right needle, wrapped up in the slipped stitch like a neat little bundle.
That’s all I’ve got to say about Row 1. Try it. If you do it on the subway, and you do it kind of fast (because now you know how to do it), even people who know how to knit will watch you very….carefully…to figure out what you’re doing and why the fabric doesn’t look like regular knitting.
Which brings us to Row 2, on the WS of the fabric. HEY YOU! NON-KNITTING READER! WHAT DID I TELL YOU? GET OUT WHILE YOU STILL CAN! THERE ARE NO JOKES OR VIDEOS OF JACK WHITE COMING! FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT “PURL 2 TOGETHER” HERE!–CAN WE GET A LITTLE KNITTING PRIVACY?
The instructions for Row 2 are: *P2tog, do not slip stitches off the needle, purl the first stitch again, slip both stitches off needle
Here we see Kay purling 2 stitches together (damn she’s good), but she is not slipping them off the left needle. No she’s not! Not just yet, because…
She is going back into the first stitch. (Silence, please. This maneuver is a bit twisty.)
Edited to add: By ‘first stitch’ I mean the first stitch from the LEFT. The other stitch would work okay also, though.
She is pulling a loop through that first stitch, purlwise. Now Kay has TWO LOOPS on her right needle, and she pulls both stitches off the left needle. Sa-weet!
Go crazy, you so-called nuts!