May 25 2016 – Holly
If you've been joining us on our journey through the Pfeilraupe pattern, you've since learned how to master the crochet cast on, the short rows, and the slots. Today we finish off this series with the short row technique used on the finishing edge. While the cast on edge uses another short row technique, the opposite edge uses double stitches, which we'll cover today. As soon as you've reached the middle point, you will turn at the tip and immediately begin this new short row technique to begin growing the triangle in the opposite direction. Up until this point, you have been turning at each short row along the cast on edge, knitting back to the end, then turning to begin the next row. You then work up to and across your short row stitch, working a few more stitches before turning again at the next short row. The number of stitches worked in each row increases as you work into your crochet cast on. On the finishing edge, you'll still be turning to work your short rows, but you won't be coming across them again until you're casting off. The number of stitches worked in each row will decrease as you complete the second half of the triangle. Ready to get to it? Here we go! Right side: Knit until you reach your stitch marker, which indicates turning for the short row. Turn your work. Your stitch marker is now on the right needle, and the working yarn is towards you. Insert your right hand needle into the first stitch on your left hand needle purlwise, to form an X. Lift the working yarn up and in between the two needles, on top of the X, away from you and towards the back. Keeping the yarn towards the back, remove the left hand needle from the stitch, leaving the stitch on the right needle. Keeping the yarn to the back, you are now ready to continue knitting the row. This "double stitch" is really just turning one stitch backwards, so that the purl bump facing you, now shifts around away from you, appearing to create two stitches, with each "leg" of the stitch now resting on the needle. The double stitches are easy to see with the color changes in the yarn used (Pittura by Louisa Harding in shade 601) so you can see each pair or "double stitch" is really a single stitch, with both "legs" now on the needle. When you are ready to cast off, and you come across these double stitches, make sure you treat them as one stitch. You will be knitting those two stitches together. This method is great because it is a fluid motion and there is no tedious wrapping. The only down side would be doing the double stitch in stockinette, where you are doubling a knit stitch, it is not as tidy as doubling a purl stitch. Because this pattern is garter stitch, this technique works very well, as when you turn for the short row, you always have the purl side facing. We hope you found this series useful, and hope to see lots of beautiful Pfeilraupe FOs very soon! Our shop sample will be done and up on display very soon if you'd like to come by and check it out, or get some help with the pattern in person. Have you knit your own Pfeilraupe? Did you learn any new techniques when knitting it?