# Pattern help- triangle lace

Hello,

I saw this lace pattern in the “Teach Yourself Visually Knitting” book, and I am having trouble understanding the pattern. I hope someone can help.

Row 1: (RS): K1, *yo, slip 1, K1, yo, pass the k st and the yo over; repeat from * to end.

passing the K st and the YO is puzzling me :wall:

Jaye

Think of the YO as a stitch you make without inserting your needle into a stitch on the left needle.

K1, yo, slip the next stitch, then k 1, yo; pass the 1st yo and knit st over the 2nd k st and yo. It may be awkward the first few times, but with practice (and loose stitches) you should be able to do it.

sue

Thanks for your help. I think I understand and will let you know if I succeed. I always thought YO was a method of increasing while making a hole – how will I know which the pattern is referring to? (as you can tell I am new to knitting!)

Thanks again,
Jaye

If a pattern has YOs with no decrease sts, it’s an increase. If there’s YOs and has dec sts (like sl 1 and pass sl st over 1 or 2, or a k2tog or SSK) it’s a lacy pattern and the stitch number will stay the same on each row.

sue

Thanks again Sue,

I think I am still confused. It’s difficult for me to explain what I mean, but I will try. So, in the original pattern, I do the entire YO stitch – yo, knit, which creates an extra stitch – then, I slip the next stitch, correct? I thought maybe the pattern wanted me to bring the yarn to the front (yo) then slip the next stitch.

Jaye

Wait… an `entire YO stitch’ is only the YO. Period. It’s a single stitch, not a yo and knit 1 - that’s 2 sts. Yes, it’s bringing the yarn to the front and slipping the next stitch. Just make sure the yarn goes over the needle so it’s in back when you slip the stitch.

sue

Sue,