What do they want? Knit 2 (got that) slip last stitch purlwise? HELP thanks

Need help with the term…“slip last stitch purlwise”.
They talk separately of increase and decrease so what is this direction?

Could you put this in context? Is this slip 1 PW something right there after the K2 or is it at the end of the row (last stitch)? What are you making? And quote the whole line of the pattern at least for us. How many stitches do you have on the needle?

Thank you for the heads up. Its my first thread. The pattern is a knitted neck scarf from Martha Stewart. The following are the directions. I haven’t started since I don’t understand the second instruction. Here are the directions below. The web address is :

Step 1

Cast on 3 stitches.
Step 2

Row 1: Knit 2, slip last stitch purlwise.
Step 3

Row 2: With yarn in back, knit 1, increase 1 (see how to increase), knit 1, and slip last stitch purlwise.
Step 4

Row 3: With yarn in back, knit 1, increase 1, knit to last stitch, slip last stitch purlwise.
Step 5

Repeat row 3 until you have 24 stitches. (Piece should now measure about 4 1/2 inches wide.)

Welcome to the KnittingHelp forum!

This is quite the pattern. I’ve not seen one set up quite the way it is. It looks like they explain everything step by step. :slight_smile:

Since you only have 3 stitches on the needle to start with you just knit those first 2 and then insert the right hand needle into the last stitch as if you were going to purl it (have the yarn in back), but don’t purl it, just slip it over to the right hand needle without working it. That is slipping it purlwise.

Then they give a row 2 and row 3 (both of which are the same really).

Row 2: With yarn in back, knit 1, increase 1 (see how to increase), knit 1, and slip last stitch purlwise.

With the yarn in back, knit the first stitch. You usually have the yarn in back to knit but with that slipped stitch it makes it a little weird so they lay it out for you. After you knit that first stitch you do the increase. This increase is shown on a video on this site in the “view video” section above. When you get the drop down menu go to “increases”. Scroll down to the increase called M1L or M1F that you will see not far down on the right. If you hold the yarn in your right hand click the blue camera, if you knit Continental (left hand hold) click the pink one.

With the slipped stitch you did at the end of the last row I think the strand you pick up for the inc is that little strand you get from the slipped stitch. You pick it up from the front with the left needle and then knit into the back of it to twist the stitch, thereby closing the hole that would be there if you knit it in front.

Then you knit across and slip the last stitch. You keep doing that over and over until you have 24 stitches. K1 with the yarn in back, inc, knit across and then slip the last stitch purlwise with the yarn in back.

To slip a stitch purlwise you leave the yarn in the back, but put your needle into the next stitch as if you were going to purl. DO NOT purl, just slip the stitch from one needle to the next. This will make a nice neat little row of chains going up the side. Hope this helps. Nanna

For this pattern, I think it works out better to slip the last st pwise with the yarn in front. Then you have the yarn in place to knit the first st on the next row. If you slip with the yarn in back, it’ll have to be taken around to the back to knit the next row, which might end up with the end st wrapped.

I’ve seen patterns where the last st is slipped and it works very well; makes a nicer edge than when you slip the first stitch.

I just tried out Suzeeq’s idea, and that is the ticket for sure. Works very nicely.