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« on: June 15, 2005 11:36:35 AM »

so i'm dying to make an afghan so i bought a book (Knit Afghans of Many Colors) that has all these patterns for afghans to make with all the scrap yarn you have lying around...i actually went out and bought more yarn...but hey who could help themselves?  Wink

ok so here's the problem...i can't understand the pattern...

it requires me to cas on 206 sts onto size 9/ 29-inch circular needles (so far so great)

here's where i'm confused...

it says to slip all stitches as to purl...so does that mean i bring the yarn in front before i slip the stitch as if i was going to purl a stitch?  I think this is what they intended, but that causes another problem...on one row after such a slipped stich, it asks me to bring the yarn to the back before i knit the next stitch, but on the row before it doesn't ask me to bring the yarn to the back...does that mean i'm supposed to knit a stitch with the yarn in front?

 i'm still getting the hang of this knitting thing....please help if this makes any sense to you

thanks! Grin
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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2005 01:10:28 PM »

in my understanding, slip as if to purl means simply - put your needle in the stitch like you were purling instead of knitting and don't do anything with it - just move it to the right needle.  by doing this when you slip a stitch, it remains oriented the correct way.  it's not twisted.  if you slip as if to knit, it twists.

i'm not sure about the second bit of your question - but i suspect you may be overthinking it a bit.  i know i tend to do that.
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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2005 10:58:59 AM »

yeah...that's what i thought about the slip as if to purl thing...it's really the second part that has me confused...but thank you so much!  Cheesy  if the answer dawns on you, let me know

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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2005 11:04:31 AM »

you know what, starstruq,
it occured to me *slaps forehead* that this might be what you're doing -
http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer03/FEATslipstitch.html

i've done it - and if the article doesn't help - i may be able to answer specific questions . . . if that is indeed what you're doing.
you can also google "mosaic knitting"  for more info.

this book has good info too :
Walker, Barbara G. Charted Knitting Designs. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons,
     1972.
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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2005 01:32:54 AM »

yeah! now that you mention it...that's exactly what i'm doing!  ok so then what do you think about my previous question about bring the yarn back to the back after my slipped stitches...should i only do it when the instructions specifically tell me to? and if so how in the world do i knit a stitch with the yarn in the front?  i'm going to go and check out all those links now...thanks for the info...it's nice to know the name of what i'm doing!  Cheesy

thanks again!!!
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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2005 05:52:58 AM »

your yarn will always be to the back of the piece.  you want anything that might carry across to be behind.  so just make sure that the inactive yarn is always hanging down the back. and you should be ok.  the technique is actually pretty easy.  hope it works out for you.
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