Question on Mary Jane slippers

Hi,

I’m knitting the Mary Jane slippers (in the round)–my question is: the pattern says to “slip a stitch”, do you slip it purl-wise or knit-wise? The pattern doesn’t state which way to slip, and I’ve been slipping purl-wise, and it is making holes. The stitches before the slipping are all knit stitches, so would it have been better if I had slipped these knit-wise? On this pattern you start out knitting flat.

Thanks,

Knitaholic :shrug:

Hi Knitaholic,

Ingrid’s response just below your question has good info on knitwise or purlwise “slipping”.

http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=23037

Check it out.

Diane

Yes, I read this, but that is not what I am asking–I want to know if I should slip knitwise or purlwise–I’ve always thought that if the pattern does not state how to slip, you slip purlwise. I’m getting holes in my knitting from slipping purlwise, and wondered if I should slip knitwise since I am using the knit stitch for the beginning of the pattern.

Thanks,

Knitaholic :shrug:

I think you’re supposed to be slipping knitwise on this pattern. Don’t the slipped stitches sort of mark the edge of the sole? They’ll lie flatter I think.

sue

Thanks, that’s what I thought after I slipped them purl-wise and got those holes. And, yes, I think they do mark the edge of the sole. I think this is confusing when they don’t tell which way to slip, because, as you guessed, I just don’t know. I felt like after I slipped them purl-wise, that maybe that was not right, since I’ve been been doing the knit stitch before I join them in the round. If this comes up again, how will I know which way to slip if they don’t state how–do you just go by what stitch you’ve been doing?

Knitaholic

Whatever looks right, I think. That’s how I’ve done it - kwise on the knit side, pwise on the purl side. I think you’re always supposed to slip pwise when you’re doing the first stitch of the row for an edge, but I don’t do that either. I’ve tried it and the edge stitches are too loose. Probably because I generally use large needles. After all this time, I like the look of a not slipped edge anyway. Especially since I’ve learned to tighten up the first stitch.

sue