How do I slip multiple stitches?

Hello! Newbie knitter working on my first project. So far I’ve been pretty savvy with my Googling and Youtube when I get stuck, but I’m hitting a dead end.

I am working on the Berroco Parnell Sweater pattern (it’s a free download for anyone wanting to see the instructions). I am to the point of shaping the neck. I bind off 3 stitches, knit to my maker…but then instructions say to slip 15 stitches. That’s fine, but to me it seems that the yarn is left behind these slipped 15 stitches and I am not able to use it anymore to continue on.

What am I missing? Should I be cutting the yarn at this point? Am I keeping the yarn in play somehow?

Every tutorial I find on slipping stitches is about slipping one or two stitches at a time. But 15 does not work out the same way.

Appreciate any advice!

Lovely choice of sweater, I like it.

It’s great to access all the wonderful tutorials online, I can’t believe how much is available, we are all so lucky!
No need to struggle alone though, just feel welcome to ask whenever you get a tricky bit.

You are correct that if you were to slip the next 15 stitches your yarn would be left behind. What it is instructing is to slip the 15 you have just knit (3 bound off and 15 worked up to the marker) onto a holder.
These are the stitches just worked so they are on the right needle. Pause on this row to move these stitches onto a holder or a spare piece of yarn if you don’t have a holder. Another option is to just leave them on the needle where they are and ignore them whilst you work the next part of the instruction which will be to bind off the next number of stitches for the neck opening and work the right shoulder alone.

Later on you will return to these 15 sts on hold and yes you will need to rejoin the yarn to these stitches.

Hope this helps. If you’re still stuck just ask again.


Amazing! This makes a lot more sense. What a world of help a couple more descriptive words are.
Thank you so much :slight_smile:

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You’re very welcome.
Enjoy the rest of your project and don’t hesitate to ask again if there’s another tricky bit.