Which Way Should I Slip a Stitch in my Knitting?

Guidelines for slipping knitwise and purlwise.
Guidelines for slipping knitwise and purlwise.

It's time to answer the age old question in knitting. Which way should you slip a stitch? Knitwise or purlwise?

There's no absolute answer, but there are a few guidelines that can help you make the decision. First, follow the directions and do what the pattern says. If a pattern doesn't specify which way to slip a stitch:

  • Slip purlwise if a stitch is just being skipped.
  • Slip knitwise if the stitch is part of a decrease.

Lesson Notes

  • Introduction - 0:00
  • Tip 1 Follow the Directions - 0:25
  • Tip 2 If a Stitch is Just Being Skipped, Slip Purlwise - 1:25
  • Tip 3 If a Stitch is part of a Decrease, Slip Knitwise - 2:23

Pattern: 1 Sock, 2 Sock, Red Sock, Blue Sock
Yarn: HiKoo CoBaSi
Needles: skacel by addi Rocket Squared

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