Friday, January 28, 2022

Double Decrease - P3tog


P3tog (purl three together) is a double decrease that presents as right leaning on the right side of the work.  It can be a bit fiddly getting your needle into three stitches at once; needles with a pointy tip can be helpful, as can using a yarn made from fiber that has elasticity (wool).  Scooting the stitches near the tip of the needle can also help.

An easy alternative is to slip two stitches purlwise to the right needle, purl the next stitch, then pass the two slipped stitches over the purl stitch.

Monday, July 5, 2021

Neaten the last bind off stitch


Often the last bind off stitch looks sloppy.  No worries, you can easily neaten up that last stitch.

Work until there is just one stitch left to bind off.
Slip the last stitch to the right needle.
With the left needle, pull up the stitch in the row below from the back and keep on the left needle.
Slip the last bind off stitch back to the left needle, then knit it together with the stitch pulled up from below.
Pass the stitch over as normal, cut the tail and pull through last stitch.
Give the tail a gentle tug to snug things up.

No more sloppy bind off.