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Tip Tuesday - Meet Sarah Solomon

Posted by Gail on

For those of you that follow CYS on Facebook, you may have noticed that I just started a Tip Tuesday post - an regularly irregular post with a tip, (this time from a designer) that, hopefully, you will find helpful or inspiring.  

 This weeks' tip is from designer Sarah Solomon.  She describes how to work an ssk without having to slip any stitches .  Sarah lives in New York City where she designs and teaches knitting.  She blogs about knitting at https://intothewool.wordpress.com.   She enjoys creating knits that are both practical and luxurious and that draw on tradition but have a modern sensibility.  I asked Sarah a few "personal" questions:

G - What's on your needles?

S - A sweater sample in a yak merino blend

G - What's on your nightstand ?

S - Far From the Madding Crowd

G - What's your favorite color :

S - Navy

Sarah's tip comes from her article in Interweave's  2016 summer edition of Knit Scene available at CYS.  She uses it in her latest pattern Lenz.  This tip will also be invaluable for our May KAL with Kelbourne Woolens, Aleda Shawl (more info in the newsletter or on the Calendar).  Sarah also has 2 patterns in the spring/summer edition of Knit.Wear.  One will be a KAL (for all of us Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries fans). More on that to follow.

It’s invaluable when working lace patterns where you are constantly working decreases and the loose gauge that lace is ordinarily knit at makes this maneuver a breeze to work once you get the hang of it.
Without slipping any stitches, insert the right needle knitwise into the first stitch on the left needle, then maneuver the right needle to the front of the work and insert the needle knitwise into the second stitch. The right needle will now be through both stitches and pointing away from you on the wrong side of the work. Wrapping the yarn as if to knit, pull up a loop and drop the two stitches from the left needle.
To make this method even easier try working a modified ssk where the first stitch lies flat and the second stitch is twisted. Work as follows: Without slipping any stitches, insert the right needle knitwise into the first stitch on the left needle, then into the back leg of the second knitwise. The right needle will now be through both stitches and pointing away from you on the wrong side of the work. Wrapping the yarn as if to knit, pull up a loop and drop the two stitches from the left needle.
Find out more about decreasing in lace in my article
Slanting Stitches from ‪#‎Knitscene‬ Summer 2016

  • Interweave Knit Scene
  • Knit decreases