Worst stitch ever

Kerry's picture

In all my years of knitting I have never encountered a stitch as hard to do as P5tog (purl 5 together). I'm knitting Swallowtail lace shawl by Evelyn Clark which includes a loosely made 'nupp' stitch (k1,yo,k1,yo,k1 into one stitch). I did what I thought was a loose nupp but when I came to the wrong side row the nupp is those 5 stitches purled together. Of course my loosely was nowhere near loose enough so it felt like trying to pen 5 sheep without the aid of a sheepdog. I have now amended the pattern to read VERY loosely.

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scenter's picture

Thanks Kerry for the

Thanks Kerry for the warning. I'd heard nupps were tough, but haven't plunged in yet. Although my recent purchase of Nancy Bush's 'Estonian Lace' book means I probably will be nupping in the near future. The book is almost nothing but nupps (and some are p7 nupps too!), but everything looks gorgeous, so when the itch strikes, I may be doing some 'nupp-tual' swearing.

MMario's picture

Have you tried the purl 5

Have you tried the purl 5 together as slip 3 pulrwise (wyif), p2tog, psso?

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Kerry's picture

Thanks for that Mario, I'll

Thanks for that Mario, I'll give it a go next row if I can't seem to make my nupps loose enough. Your version sounds easier.

TomH's picture

I'll have to remember that

I'll have to remember that when I run across this stitch. Thanks.

TomH's picture

Can't wait to see pictures.

Can't wait to see pictures. I'm sure it'll be as stunning as all your other work.

Kerry's picture

There was almost going to be

There was almost going to be nothing to photograph as I was getting so frustrated I was tempted to rip it out. I decided to put it aside for the night and tackle it again today

ronhuber's picture

What a hoot, Kerry. Glad

What a hoot, Kerry. Glad you solved the problem. I love that shawl, so whatever tortures you go through will be worth it.