KNIT 1 LONG
Ok, so you're ready to knit The December Hat, or perhaps The Isn't She Lovely Scarf. Yay you! But, before you cast on, please take a moment to learn (or review) the Knit 1 Long stitch. You'll be glad you did!
By learning to Knit 1 Long, you're not only learning to execute this particular stitch, but you're also laying the technical groundwork for any future patterns requiring lifted stitches. A sound investment in your long-term 'knitting education', don't you think?
Knit 1 Long is admittedly awkward to execute, at first. But, rest assured, it's just like riding a bike; the first few times can be a bit bumpy, but before you know it you'll be moving forward effortlessly. Ready? Here we go...
a little note
Always, always remember: You are the BOSS of your stitches--lifted and otherwise!
Feel free to manually adjust the lifted stitches as you work them. Sometimes, after drawing up a loop, I will adjust it by lightly pulling it forward with my fingers to give it a little more “slack”. This makes the stitches more visible on the final hat, and also helps prevent puckering.
deep breaths...you're half-way there!
I promise, this is the trickiest part, but then it's easy peasy.
The second time you are instructed to Knit 1 Long you are asked to "insert the right-hand needle into the same space as before".
This space is a bit awkward to access because you're kind of going 'backwards'.
Try moving your right-hand needle ever-so-slightly backwards (ie. to the right), while pointing it downwards, at the target space.
To make the space easier to access, try stretching the fabric a bit with your left hand, while using your right index finger to hold back the stitches on your right-hand needle so they don't fall off. That's what my left hand and right index finger are doing in (6).
steps 7 & 8
Now that your needle is through the space:
(7) Knit a stitch--just like normal, by wrapping your working yarn counter-clockwise around your right-hand needle, then............
(8) draw up a loop onto your right-hand needle.
This step can look a bit messy, but it's exactly the same motion as the first time..there are just more stitches in play now.