I have a pattern in a book where the first row includes making bobbles along the edge. It calls for purling the row, and to make the bobble the instructions are as follows (I assume posting this pattern fragment is OK because it is just about one stitch).
Row 1 (RS) (K1, p2) twice into next st - - 4 sts, turn, p4, turn, k4, turn, p4, turn, (k2tog) twice, turn, p2tog
My problem is the end of this instruction leaves me on the WS and turning back to the RS leaves the bobble stitch on the wrong needle. Do I slip it? Stitch it?
I’ve attached a photo of just the edge that is supposed to be created.
Any suggestions would be appreciated - it’s my first time making bobbles.
You do want that stitch back on the RH needle (with the RS facing you) - but I am uncertain whether to slip or knit it.
Swatch and try both ways, choose your favorite and do that.
It is very pretty.
Well I feel like an idiot for not doing that to begin with.
Thank you - I’ll try that.
Well you’re NOT an idiot. Please use nice terms when talking about yourself
I’m not sure if this is correct, but since it looks like there are multiple bobbles I am assuming that there are many bobbles to make in that row. The bobble directions tell the knitter to begin on the right side (“RS”). To me, that would mean that once the bobble is finished, I should just turn back to right side to begin the next bobble because it has to be started on the right side. Sometimes a pattern will have directions for special stitches in a separate place, then in the body of the directions it will tell you how many times to do that thing. I don’t know if that is the case here with this pattern, though.
What I did not understand was how does “K1, P2 twice” add up to 4 stitches.
Well, that would be a typo . It’s k1 p1 twice… Good catch.
My issue is with finishing the bobble stitch (yes, it repeats along the bottom) is my stitch ends up on the wrong needle - do I slip it or knit it at they point?
It was suggested that I try both (another🤦) but I haven’t had a chance yet.
Thank you for your kind correction. You are absolutely right.
I know I’m late to the game here but I would slip. One of my favorite rules for new knitters is “if it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.” I keep a “desk swatch” to try things out so I went ahead and made a bobble and slipping just felt the most intuitive to make it work.
And I agree with @laurpud. You are not an idiot at all. You had the common sense to ask for help when you needed it and in my world, that makes you a rock star!
Thank you for trying it out for me, and for your kind words.
Idiot may have been too strong a word (I’m not beating myself up over this), just feeling foolish for missing the obvious. I’m not experienced of a knitter when it comes to complex stitches to try and experiment - I’m still looking for definitive instructions when I knit.