P2tog tbl OR is jenna wilson on crack?

I’ve noticed she uses this stitch in more than one pattern (shedir, banff to name two). Not to second guess her designing genius, but ay ay ay! So here’s my question:

Because I have trouble doing the stitch in DK yarn on size 3 needles (it’s making me crazy!) I decided to go with a “cheater” tip I found on about.com. It said if you p2tog and then twist the resulting stitch clockwise (I assumed 180 degrees???), the result is the same. Is this true? Ingrid??? Topology majors??? Anyone…anyone???


I have read, just recently actually, of people who chose to ‘cheat’ by slipping the two stitches knitwise then purling them together with, apparently, the same result.

Have not tried it myself though so cannot vouch for it personally.

:shrug: I just suck it up and do the p2togtbl. It’s not a pleasant stitch to do, but it does get easier as you get used to it.

Try it on a small swatch. Do a few rows with the ‘right’ way, and do a few with the ‘cheater’ way and see how they look. If they’re close, then do what’s easiest for you.

It’s not too bad, and pretty rare to find IMHO. I think the abbreviation is harder to remember than actually doing it :rofl:

Thinking about it, I supposed that if you twisted the two stitches together and then purled them the result would be the same. I think it would be harder to get the needle in through the twisted stitches than through the back. :shrug:

If you purl two together and then twist them, though, I can’t quite get my head around it. I’d have to try it.

I don’t know about the crack but it seems excessively masochistic to me to use size 3 needles with DK weight yarn. :shrug: I’m not surprised that it is difficult to do the p2togtbl. You probably want to be sure you have needles with good, sharp points on them like Inox.