Purl 3 together versus SSPP

MMario's picture

okay - I've been having problems with purl 3 together - small needles, fuzzy teensy yarn.

on the other hand I can slip 2 stitches purlwise (with yarn in front) purl one and pass slipped stitches over with barely a thought. As far as I can see they look identical when finished.

Comments?

Tallguy's picture

Mario, what you have

Mario, what you have decribed is the same as the P3tog. If you were to number the stitches on the left needle as 1, 2 and 3, the resulting decrease puts 3 on the bottom, then 2 and 1 is on top. This may be okay, but it creates a slight awkward twist to the stitch and it makes me uncomfortable. What sticky warp describes puts 2 on the bottom, with 1 and then 3 of top. This is more balanced. If you wanted the centre stitch (2) to be on top, there are some complicated manouvers required to produce it, and is not worth all the bother (IMHO).

Ted, from Toronto, has made an excellent study on the direction your stitches lie when doing decreases, and is worth a read. You will find it here: http://knitterguy.typepad.com/ -- look for Red Dice - Finished. And he has excellent pics too!

Well, that is if you are really concerned with creating a totally balanced design in your work of art! YMMV

MMario's picture

thanks! I've got to check

thanks! I've got to check out the link - but will have to do it from home as the site is blocked at work - which means dial-up and the agony of waiting, waiting, waiting....

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MMario's picture

I think my main problem with

I think my main problem with this at the moment is the fuzzy wuzzy yarn, in a colour that doesn't contrast with my needles.

on the other hand - I've got "Make nine" in the future on this pattern and I already know I will not be doing those in the prescribed manner. She says to alternate knits and purls into the stitch- I will alternate knits and YO's. Four less stitches.

MMario - "what's consistant tension?"

Walker recommends, and

Walker recommends, and sometimes I concur, that if you have to, you P2tog, put resulting st. back on left needle then flip next st. over the returned st. and place back on right needle. This is almost exactly what you do, Mario, except in reverse. I've never done it that way so I'll have to compare the two against eachother.

The way that I *usually* do it is to plan ahead in the previous row and just keep it a bit loose so that I can purl those bad boys together without much sweat. I have a F&F pattern that, believe it or not, knits 4 or 5 together. But the previous row is always a purl row and it's easy to just not maintain such a strangle hold with your tension so you can do it. It also helps that I, almost always, am doing a gossamer lacy number so I don't care too much about rigid, consistant tension.

I have enough of that in my life already. HA!

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