Is there another way to P3tog

Hi all, I am using Rowan Kidsilk Haze and I can’t get the needle through all three stiches to manage the P3tog - feels like I am going to break the wool if I force it, plus it will take me forever to do it.

Don’t know if it will help but the pattern has 4 rows as follows:
Row1 P to end
Row2 K1, (K1, P1, K1) all in next st, rep to last st, K1
Row3 P to end
Row4 K1, *P3tog, (k1, P1, K1) all in next st, K1

If anyone has any sugestions, please let me know…Many thanks!

Slip the first two stitches to the right needle and purl the third. Then pass the two slipped stitches over the purled one and off the right tip.

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To P3tog, have you tried moving the 3 st on the LH needle way down very close to the tip, so that there’s more room for the RH needle to slip in there in front? It helps to have sharp pointy needles for this action. If you must, you can slip the 3 st onto a thin cable needle and P them with the RH needle. Cannot change the size of the RH needle because that needle sets the gauge, but you can change the size of the LH needle if it makes it easier to get the RH needle in there.

I have a similar question - how do you P2tog tbl? I am reading the Frost Flowers pattern in the Barbara Walker’s Treasury, page 204, but can’t imagine how to P2tog tbl. Can somebody describe how to do this? Which way does the RH needle point?

Ingrid, that’s a fantastic answer to a very hard maneuver.

Bet I’ll forget before I need it though shrug:

Glad you’re around!

To purl 2tog tbl, you have to bring your right tip around to the back and slip the tip in from left to right–through the second stitch and then the first. Then you can twist your needle back into position to purl them together. It can be awkward, but it’s doable. I don’t know of an alternative, though.

For some people it’s faster to slip the two stiches to the right, and back again, twisting them as you go, then just purl them together