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Old 09-23-2005, 03:49 PM   #34
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OK guys, you asked for it so here goes - lots of pictures to follow so leave now if you're not patient enough .

I've put markers on because usually I'd use markers to locate the ends of the short rows as directed in most patterns and it makes it much easier to see where the 'stitch across the gap' is.

So knit to one stitch before first marker, turn and slip first stitch purlwise


this leaves a visible gap where you've turned


purl to one stitch before second marker, turn and slip first stitch purlwise (again you'll have a visible gap where you've turned).


When you get back to just before the last stitch of the short row i.e. 2 stitches before the first marker


slip the next stitch to the right needle purlwise


pick up the stitch below the stitch on the right needle with the left needle


Then pass the stitch on the right needle back to the left


knit this stitch as normal


then knit the next stitch (the picked up one) together with the 'stitch across the gap' which is the next stitch on the needle


so you end up with something which looks like this


Now when you come back around to the second marker slip the first stitch after the marker knitwise to the right needle


thus reversing its mount


pick up the stitch below the next stitch on the left needle


and place it on the left needle


pass the slipped stitch back to the left needle


knit this stitch together with the picked up stitch through the back of the loops


knit the next stitch normally and you should end up with something like this


And that's basically it. You may have to fiddle with the stitches a little bit to make sure that the picked up stitch is covered by the real stitch but it's really very easy to do. When knitting flat it's a bit more complicated but as long as you remember you want the real stitch the right way round so if you knit it tbl you need to reverse it first you can't go far wrong (I usually end up having a couple of goes before I get it right because I just don't do it as often).

Oh and I didn't knit a massive swatch I just chucked it into the cardigan I'm working on then ripped it out again afterwards lol.
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