Knitting into back of slipped stitch?

Hi! I’ve been frequenting this site and forum since I started knitting nearly a year ago and finally have a question that I just don’t get and can’t figure out from the videos or forum.

The stitch pattern says to K1 s1, K1, psso but before dropping the slipped stitch off the left needle, knit into the back of it

I’ve found a detailed description of this procedure but I still just can’t visualize it. When the slipped stitch is on the left needle ready to be dropped, isn’t the right needle already IN the back of that stitch? How do I knit into the back of it if the right needle is already there?

I hope this makes sense, and I really hope somehow a description here will make that light bulb go off!

Thanks in advance!

You’re doing the My So Called Scarf, aren’t you!

I’m in the process of doing this myself, and found a better description of how to do it with the exact same result. I did it both ways, and they are the same. I found it easier to get into a nice rhythm, too.

Instead of knitting into the back of the stitch before you drop it off, try this:

Slip one, knit one, yo, pass the slipped stitch over the k and yo.

I am doing My So Called Scarf! I’ve been eyeing it and had the yarn since I very first started knitting and searched for scarf patterns!

I did try your tip for for a couple rows in my frustration today but it seemed to give me a “back side” if that makes sense. It seemed like it wasn’t slanting on that side, only on the P2tog rows. In all the pictures I’ve seen of the scarf there doesn’t seem to be a wrong side, but maybe I need to give it a few more rows to shape up?

Sounds like I just need to follow the advice in your sig and just keep following the pattern huh?

Thanks so much for the help! It does make much more sense to do it this way.

:?? My back side looks purled. I think it’s supposed to. Google images of My So Called Scarf and you’ll see the backs of some clearly. The one on the pattern page only really ‘shows’ the front, but if you peek where it’s folded, you can see the purled side.

You are absolutely right! Wow how did I miss that! I seriously spent half the day searching and looking closely but didn’t see those purls anywhere. Thank you again for pointing me in the right direction. Sometimes I can’t see the nose in front of my face I tell ya. :doh:

So what yarn are you using for yours? If this turns out well it may be the Christmas gift this holiday season!

I’m using Lorna’s Laces. There’s a pic in progress here. The colors aren’t exact, but you get the idea. I really enjoy making this one–it’s relaxing, yet the pattern is so neat looking. I will definitely make more.

That is gorgeous! I love the colors. I have some Bullfrogs & Butterflies that I was thinking of making with it next, glad to see LL works well with the pattern.

Yours seems much “cleaner,” for lack of a better word, than the Manos. What size needles or you using? The 11s are fast, but making for a pretty chunky knit.

Manos is kind of thick-and-thin yarn, so that probably makes a big difference. The LL is worsted weight. I’m using a size 9 needle.