More Holes, Really Big, Big Holes

This week I had a customer stumble on a knitting technique that let her do a double take (don’t say I do not try with my puns…). A double yarn over, worked into two stitches onto the next row. The problem was that the second stitch always came undone, after knitting it. See, the mistake was to knit both stitches, that makes for one uninterrupted loop which in return makes the stitch come undone since the two yarn over are already an uninterrupted loop.

The trick is to knit one yarn over and then purl the second. There. Because the purl brings the yarn to the front, the loop gets interrupted and the yarn gets wound around the yarn over and it sticks. If you do not care for my very technical explanations, do not worry and try to really understand them, just keep in mind the most important thing: knit one yarn over, purl the second.

For that matter, what do you do when you want really, really big holes intentionally? Like, for example, in this design here: Esjan by Stephen West. As ever so often: Rinse and repeat. Meaning, you do as many as 3 or 4 or even more yarn overs, and then do the k1, p1, k1, p1 etc. as requested. 

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The first step to a big hole: 2 yarn overs, then a knit and a purl on the next row.

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Here’s a really big hole. 4 yarn overs, then k1, p1, k1, p1, k1.

Are you ready to knit some really big, big holes?

Happy knitting, as ever!

– Mona

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