Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Yarn forward, Yarn back...what the heck?!
What they said. (I know, I'm a new knitter too, and it seemed weird to me too, until I realized that I just had to remember that on the front, I didn't want anything to wrap around the slipped stitch from the third row.)
So, everytime you come to the slipped stitch, just move the yarn to the opposite side of the row stitches you are working on. If you are purling, you have to move the working yarn behind like you are going to knit, slip the stitch, then move the yarn back to the front to purl the next five. Same idea with the knitting.
Hope this clears it up!
To fix it: When on row 7 you reach the slipped stitch that doesn't look quite right, instead of knitting into it, reach down with your right needle (or a crochet hook, if you've got one), reach all the way down to the first row where the slipping started (Row 3), and hook that long loop all those rows down. Hook it from the front bottom, push it off the left needle, then gently pull it out of your knitting. At this point, you want a long loop to be in front of your knitting. Then deposit the loop back on your left needle. Make sure you haven't twisted it around. Knit.
You haven't asked about this next part, but I thought I'd mention, because it was a big revelation to me when I figured it out. In addition to what Nicole says about the yarn forward / yard back really being about keeping that float on the "wrong" side of your work, there is one other thing going on here: All that slipping "knitwise" versus slipping "purlwise" -- this is what prevents that long loop from getting all twisted around during all that slipping.
It took quite a few tries, but she finally saw that I wanted her to bring the yarn between the two knitting needles, not around them.