Sometimes you need to work directional decreases on both sides of your knitting and this often involves P2tog through the back of the loops which is a rather awkward stitch to work. So let me guide you through an alternative way to work this stitch which I think is much easier on the hands and the final stitch looks exactly the same as a P2togtbl but requires less acrobatic hand maneuvers. There is also a video right at the very end of this post.
Step 1: insert your right hand needle into the next 2 stitches just as you would when doing a P2tog
slide these 2 stitches on to the right hand needle.
Step 2: bring the left needle up and under these two stitches and slide them back on to the left needle
the stitches have now been twisted:
Step 3: Now purl these 2 stitches together just as your would a regular P2tog
As you can see on the right side you now have a left leaning decrease that looks just the same as P2togtbl:
You can also view this tutorial on YouTube:
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Here in the UK we are in the middle of a heatwave, it has been HOT, and us Brits really are not used to weather like this! I’ve always been of the opinion that it’s never too hot to knit, but I’m not sure that the big bulky jumper that I’m currently working on is the best choice of project for this weather.
Laceweight projects definitely have to be a better choice, right?
This is my latest new pattern the Cymopoleia Shawl which is available exclusively from Knit Picks, its a large circular shawl knit in Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud, which is a wonderfully soft laceweight yarn. This is an intermediate level project, worked in the round from the centre out with a knitted on border (which you can see below).
You can click here to see more information or to buy this pattern. If you knit this pattern I would love to see a picture.
Have you seen my latest pattern… this is Fox Sake, a wonderfully fun shawl that is also really quick to knit. Why is it called fox sake? Well I make a little animation to demonstrate:
The entire shawl is knit in garter stitch, with the centre V being shaped with short rows and if you’ve never tried out German short rows before then this is a great project to try them out. You can find all the information about this pattern and also purchase it here.
After writing about blanket squares layouts in this post I completely forgot to write about my new blanket pattern!
This is the Jewel Thief blanket, the pattern includes instructions for eight different squares and guess what… there isn’t a single purl stitch to be found. All you need to know is K1 and Sl1 so it is wonderfully easy too.
If you are already a fan of mosaic knitting then you’ll love this blanket and if you’ve never tried out this technique then I’m sure you will soon be a fan too.
My sample blanket was knit in Eden Cottage Pendle and Milburn, two wonderful 4ply wool yarns, some of my test knitters tried out the squares in heavier weight and different fibre yarns and showed that the squares look great whatever yarn you choose.
If you’d like to purchase this pattern and to see more pictures just click here to be taken to the Ravelry page.