Tutorials included on this page:

  • k-tbl - knit through back loop - this creates a twisted stitch
  • Sl1 wyif - Slip 1 stitch with the yarn in the front for a neat, professional finish
  • Mirror / Backwards knitting - a useful technique where you knit back across a stockinette row, rather than turning and purling
  • Chain Reaction Loops - joining loops in the Chain Reaction shawl 

K-tbl - Knit through the back loop

By knitting into the back loop, you will be twisting the knit stitch. It's an easy stitch to learn and can look quite pretty in a pattern.

1. Insert the right hand needle into the back of the next stitch, from right to left

2. Wrap the yarn around and pull through a new stitch




Sl1 wyif - Slip 1 with yarn in front

When a slip stitch is worked as the first stitch of every row, it forms a column of elongated stitches down the edge of the fabric which gives a neat and attractive finish.

The trick is to keep these stitches fairly loose as if pulled too tight they can distort the edging. I find that pinching the stitch at the bottom when taking the yarn to the back can help with this.

1. At the start of the row, hold the working yarn at the front of the work

2. Insert the right hand needle, from right to left, into the front of the first stitch

3. Slip this stitch to the right hand needle

4. Being careful not to pull the yarn too tightly, move the yarn to the back of the work and continue as per pattern

Backwards or 'Mirror' Knitting

This is a really handy technique to learn. If you are working stockinette, when you get to the end of the right side row, rather than turn and purl you can simply backwards knit back across the row. Once you get the hang of it you may never want to purl again!

So, when you get to the end of your right side row, do not turn the work. Instead:

1. Insert the left hand needle from left to right into the back of the stitch last worked on the right hand needle.

2. Bring the yarn around from the back and over the left hand needle.

3. Pull the working yarn through the stitch with the left hand needle and slide the stitch off the right hand needle.

Repeat steps 1 - 3 until you reach the end of the row. 

Joining the loops of the Chain Reaction Shawl

1. Transfer the live stitches from the right hand needle onto a small stitch holder (or piece of scrap yarn)

2. Take the strip of stitches and feed this along with the remaining yarn, from back to front, through the previous loop

3. Place the live stitches back on the right hand needle before working the 3 needle bind off