Pattern Stitches

How to slip stitches

Whenever a pattern calls for a slipped stitch (abbreviated slst), transfer stitch by holding left and right needle parallel and transferring next stitch on left needle onto right needle (you’ll be transferring the stitch as if to purl stitch). If you transfer a stitch as if to knit stitch, that transferred stitch will be a twisted stitch (there are patterns that will call for a slip stitch to be slipped as if to knit, so that stitch will be twisted as part of pattern).

How to knit yarn-overs

Yarn-overs create the eyelet patterns in lace knitting. They are usually followed or preceded by knit 2 together (so number of stitches will remain the same, because on next row yarn-over is knit as a stitch). To do a yarn-over, just lay yarn over needle (or wrap yarn over needle, but not around entire needle), then work next stitch according to pattern. Whether you lay yarn over needle from back to front or from front to back does not matter. On next row, yarn-over is knit (or purled according to your pattern) as regular stitch and the hole that creates below that stitch is the eyelet design.

How to knit into stitch below

See illustration. You knit into stitch below. Stitch on needle will be undone and rest on top stitch you just knit. To see how finished pattern looks, check > Stellina Shawl.




How to knit Fisherman Rib Pattern

Regular knit 1 purl 1 rib pattern, but with knit stitch (on right side and wrong side) knit into stitch below (same as above).

How to do three-needle bind-off

Used when joining shoulders. Three-needle bind-off creates a neat, slim seam that lays flat. Put front and back piece of sweater, vest or jacket you are knitting parallel to each other—wrong side facing out—and bind off together. How? Knit the first stitch on needle closest to you together with first stitch on needle in back, then knit second stitch on needle closest to you together with second one on needle in back, then bind off regularly by lifting first stitch over second one. Continue this way, knitting two stitches together from front and back needle until all shoulder stitches are bound off.