1st lace project & confused!

Hi everyone!
I found a very simple lace scarf pattern (3 stitch repeat) *the scarf name is opera (lace).

Row 1: *sl 1 purlwise with yarn in the back (I think this may be confusing me) yo, K2tog, rep from * to last st., K1.

Row 2: K1, *sl 1 purlwise with yarn in the back, yo, ktog, rep from * to end

repeat row 1 & 2 for pattern.

***I’m stuck at the 1st!!! :oops: :oops: .
When I slip one stitch purlwise (which I think I’m doing correctly UNTIL I get to the next stitch~ YO…followed by ktog that’s when everything falls apart literally :thinking: :?? . It’s as if I’m undoing my my stitch. there is nothing on my needle.

I’m thinking the simplicity is dumbfounding me!

Any ideas on what I’m doing wrong or missing. I know that when I figure this out it will be smooth sailing :XX: :happydance: !


When you slip a stitch, it is just moving the stitch from the left needle to the right. When they say purlwise, you put your needle in from right to left as if you were going to purl and move it over to the right needle. In this case, the yarn will be hanging down the back as if you were knitting.

Then you move the yarn between the needles to the frontas if you are going to purl.

Then knit the next two stitches together. Put you needle in the second stitch from the point first, and then through the first stitch and knit them both off together. You’ll be left with your slipped stitch and the yo on the needle.

The yo will leave an eyelet on the next row, but doesn’t look like much now. Maybe this is where you’re thinking something’s wrong.

This may be way too much information, but I’m not sure what you’re not getting.

Follow the pattern exactly for a few rows and you’ll see the pattern develop.

To slip one purlwise, insert your right needle into the next stitch from right to left (just like you do when you purl), just keep the yarn in back.
Next, wrap the right needle with your yarn going under, then over.
The yarn is now in back ready to k2tog.

When you do knit those 2 together, it may be a little awkward since the yarn is coming over the needle, but just insert your right needle into the next two stitches and knit them. It’ll work out. :thumbsup:

Thanks so much for the help. I think I blamed my problem on not having the yarn in front back etc. when I fact, after reading ya’lls description I was just being [color=darkred]sloppy[/color]. :oops: :blush:

Okay this may be a really dumb question considering it is a very simple pattern–but, should I use markers? and if so [color=orange]where[/color] would be the most logical placement?

:thumbsup: I love knitting for its challege & it always delivers!! never lets me down :heart:

Thanks!! (I wish I had found this site a long time ago!),

Since its such a small stitch repeat, I wouldn’t bother with markers. You’d spend half you knitting time slipping markers.