This is a fairly simple stitch, but does require some concentration (at least for me it does), because of all of the twisted/crossed stitches.
The way I found this written was very confusing to me, and I had to try several times before I got the hang of it.
For the sake of simplicity, I am just going to refer to the method as "T2F - Twist 2 front" and "T2B - Twist 2 back". I think I say cross several times in the video, but cross and twist are done the same way.
You can use a cable needle if that is how you feel most comfortable; I do not use one in the video. It is just too much fuss to cross only one stitch over the other. Again, do whatever is most comfortable for you. I know a lot of times as knitters, if the stitch is not on the needle, there is often panic. However, as you will see in the video, no stitch is dropped or unraveled. If you have never crossed/twisted/cabled without a cable needle, I encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and give it a try.
On the right side rows, the front twisted stitches are P1, K1
On the right side rows, the back twist stitches are K1, P1
On wrong side rows, the twisted stitches are both purled
T2F = Twist 2 front
- With a cable needle: Slip next stitch to cable needle and hold in front of work. Purl next stitch from left needle, knit stitch from cable needle.
- Without a cable needle: Slip next two stitches from left needle. With tip of left needle, reach in front of second stitch, grab first stitch and place on left needle. Then, replace the second stitch on left needle. The two stitches have switched position on the left needle. Stitch 2 becomes stitch 1, and stitch 1 becomes stitch 2. Purl 1, Knit 1.
T2B = Twist 2 back
- With a cable needle: Slip next stitch to cable needle and hold in back of work. Knit next stitch from left needle, purl stitch from cable needle.
- Without a cable needle: Slip next two stitches from left needle. With tip of left needle, reach in back of second stitch, grab first stitch and place on left needle. Then, replace the second stitch on the left needle. Again, the two stitches have swapped positions. Knit 1, Purl 1.
For wrong side rows, twist either front or back as instructed, then PURL both of the twisted stitches.
|Sample knit with Cascade 220 on US Size 6 addi needles|
Cast on a multiple of 4 + 6
Row 1 (RS): P1 *T2F, T2B* P1
Row 2: K2 *T2B, K2*
Row 3: P1 *T2B, T2F* P1
Row 4: K1, P1, K2 *T2F, K2*, end last two stitches P1, K1
Repeat these four rows for the pattern
Here is the video. Happy Knitting, and Enjoy!