a better explanation

RobStrauss's picture

I can't seem to figure out how to do this:

crossed stitch: Insert RH needle through the front loop of the first st and then k the second st through the front loop in one motion from this position, then k the first st still on the needle tbl and slip both sts from the needle tog.

Can someone maybe give me a better explanation of this stitch?



RobStrauss's picture

thanks for the help. Would

thanks for the help. Would it be fair to say that when I insert the RH needle through the loop that I do so as if to knit through the back loop, i.e. from right to left through the loop with the RH needle behind the LH needle? When I hear as-if-to-knit I think that that means to insert the needle from left to right through the loop and then put the RH needle behind the LH needle, but that doesn't seem to be the case here.

QueerJoe's picture

I don't think so Rob...I

I don't think so Rob...I would insert the RH needle into the first st on the LH needle as if to purl (with the RH needle in front) and then insert the RH needle into the second st as if to Knit. Wrap the yarn around the tip of the RH needle, and draw the loop through both sts...leaving them both on the LH needle. THEN, insert the RH needle into the first st on the LH needle as if to knit...knit the first stitch and take both sts off the LH needle.

That hurt my brain.

...typed words are so insufficient to describe knitting...just come to my house and I'll show you!

RobStrauss's picture

thanks joe. sorry for the

thanks joe. sorry for the brain pain! I think I've got it! Still would like to stop by your house for a demonstration, but think it's probably too far. I wish some descriptions would specify more often if things were as-if-to-purl or as-if-to-knit. It doesn't seem to always be consistent (unless I'm missing something.)


QueerJoe's picture

Okay...next time I'm up

Okay...next time I'm up visiting my partner's family in Edgartown, I'll stop by and show you.

TheKnittingMill's picture

Joe, Mario, I'm sitting on

Joe, Mario, I'm sitting on my haunches with arms extended and bowing up and down! I'm not worthy. You guys rock!


QueerJoe's picture

Wow Rob...I wish I had

Wow Rob...I wish I had needles and yarn with me right now to try this stitch you describe.

It appears as if they want the second stitch to cross through the first stitch instead of in front of it as MMario's "normal crossed stitch" describes.

If you want to do it as described, you'll want to make sure that when you knit the second stitch on your left needle you pull the yarn through both stitches, leaving them both on the needle, and then knit the first stitch and pull both off the left-hand needle.

A possibly easier way to do this would be to slip the first stitch (purl-wise).

Knit the next st.

Pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch and back onto the left needle and then knit it.

MMario's picture

An elegant solution and MUCH

An elegant solution and MUCH easier then the described method.

MMario's picture

Okay - a normal crossed

Okay - a normal crossed stitch would be:

Ignore the first stitch, knit the second stitch but do not remove from the needle. Knit the first stitch . slide both stitches off needle.

This method has you insert your needle in the first stitch as if to knit, then into the second stitch, and pull your loop THROUGH the first stitch; then knit that first stitch through the back loop. slide both off needle. If your stitches are tight this is gonna be a bear.