Saturday, May 24, 2008

How to purl into back of second YO.

Yes, I know that knitting has taken over my blog. Forgive me, unknitty types, I'll try to post more for you in the future. Since I get quite a few visitors from Ravelry, I thought I would try ("try" being the key word) to explain something that I could not for the life of me get when I recently made Kelly Maher's Ribbed Lace Bolero, how to purl into the back of the second YO. I finally had to go to my LYS, (local yarn store for all those not in the know), the Haus of Yarn so they could show me how. Of course, being the autodidact I am (I flatter myself), I tried in vain researching on the web, looking at books, knitting and ripping out, before I finally (after three days, three days, people) admitted that I needed help from a professional. Keep in mind that I am a new knitter, so this is for all the new self-taught knitters who have no freaking clue how to purl into the back of the second yarn over. Let me know if this helps.

Ok, the right side is k2tog, yo, yo, ssk. On the wrong side, you are supposed to purl 1, purl into 1st yo, purl into back of second yo, purl. The part that got me tripped up is purling into back of 2nd yo.

This is me purling into first yo:

Then, I am left with this, the second yo, how the heck do I purl into the back of this thing???:

Well, go up and under kinda like this, see that little stitch going around the back up there right above my thumb nail? Put your right needle in from the back and then. . .

Maneuver your needle (this will get easier with time) so it goes through the loop going around the left needle. In other words, that part of the yarn on the left of my needle on the picture up there should be on the right of the needle like the picture below, you just kind of have to scoot it over to the right a bit to get it through that loop.Now purl, I swear, it works.

20 comments:

Mrs. Mom said...

I love the blog. Ours is here: www.rachellillian.blogspot.com

My sister is beginning homeschooling this fall (she has 3 babies w/ one on the way). I'll send her a link to your site.

Your girls are amazing!

xo,
Shannon Bramblett Burke

Alyssa said...

Thank you so very much. I could not figure out how to do this anywhere. Another new/self taught knitter.

brenda said...

hey thanx a ton for that....i was going crazy trying to figure out how to purl into the back of the yo...that really helped ....especially cz u put in the pictures....keep it coming!!

Jenny said...

thank you thank you thank you! I have ripped apart my sweater about 5 times trying to figure this out. I appreciate finding your help so much!
Jenny

Amy said...

I have been looking for help on this shrug, namely the lace pattern. When I get home today I'm going to try it again. Thank you for posting this tutorial!

DogGirl said...

Thank you! I looked it up and thanks to you, figured out I was doing it right! You rock. Keep on talking about knitting, all you want!

Kater said...

VERY helpful! I totally get it now. Thank you so much for doing this. Maybe you should suggest that the original pattern maker on Rav should put a link to this on the main pattern page. A lot of people have problems w/ that part.

Thanks again!

Li Fang said...

Thanks so much. I am knitting the ribbed lace bolero and was caught on the 2nd repeat of the lace pattern. Will rip those rows and do it again tonight. Thanks !!

Allison said...

I couldn't figure how to do this second row of the bolero. Thanks for your great pictures. Now, I'm confident I can complete my first lace project!

MARY said...

I am making the same shrug. I did not know I would have had a problem finding "purl into the back of the second yarn over" (after all I always found whatever else I needed) so I just googled that exact phrase, and there it was! Thanks to you.

sapana said...

Thank you so much. I just ripped out what i had done so far because when i i got to this row, I really made a mess of the thing trying to figure it out. Hopefully the second time will be more successful.

singohmuse said...

Thank you SO much for posting this! I've been wanting to knit this particular pattern, but in looking over it, I knew that I had absolutely no idea how to purl into the back of the second YO. Thanks for clearing that up! I know that this post will help me a lot when I begin the project. :)

Siobhan said...

You just saved my project, thank you! :)

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Kelly said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I couldn't figure this out either!! I ripped out the same 7 rows of a lace shawl about 25 times before I found your post and finally made it past row 8!!

Jenn said...

I was so excited to find your explanation of this stitch. I thought I'd go crazy searching, but when I typed in "purl into back of second YO", your blog popped up. Thank you so much for taking the time to post.

Jenni Burgan

Robinstephanie said...

Thank you.
Thank you.
Thank you.

Did I say thank you?

I thank you.


Looked all over for this.

Unknown said...

Your blog is a hit! I searched how to purl into back of yarn over and easily found your helpful post. I am just starting my lace bolero. Any one who is interested in seeing my bolero (or other knitting projects) on ravelry can add me: amie1985

Thanks again for this awesome how-to!

AJohnson said...

So outstanding. I cannot thank you enough!

Karen Lam said...

Thank you! I was just about to start the pattern (I'm a relatively new knotter and this will be my second lace project) and your blog was the first thing that popped up when I searched for help!