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I am confused about these two stitches.
1) always slip as if to purl (that's easy);)
2) WYF slip one stitch (isn't same as above??)
what is the difference between these two stitches?
Thank you for any help you can offer. kprx
10-23-2007, 09:03 AM
Hmmmm. . .WYIF means "with yarn in front", but I've never seen that abbreviation without the "I". Does the pattern or book or website have a list of its abbreviations anywhere?
the book abbreviation says
WYB with yarn in back
WYF with yarn in front
I can't out the difference because at the start of the pattern in brackets says (always slip as if to purl)
that is where the confusion is. Thanks for replying
the book abbreviation is:
WYF (with yarn in front)
WYB (with yarn in back)
At the start of the pattern in a box - note:always slip as if to purl.
Isn't that the same thing as WYF?
10-23-2007, 09:26 AM
What's the book and what's the pattern? If I see it, I might be able to figure it out. But the first thought is that it is supposed to be WYF and just a misprint. When they say to slip as if to purl, which side of the work are you on, right or wrong? Same question for the WYF stitch?
10-23-2007, 09:27 AM
I'm still new enough at this that you might want someone else's opinion, but it sounds to me that perhaps the box at the start of the pattern is merely clarifying its instruction, like when I say to my child, "Throw this away; put it in the trash can." It's two ways of saying the same thing and merely reinforces what I want done.
On the other hand...there may be something I'm missing. :)
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when it says "always slip as if to purl" I do it on the right and wrong sides because I am thinking whether I am knitting or purling, and a slip is needed, it should be done purlwise unless otherwise stated. Does this make sense? kp
10-23-2007, 10:05 AM
The instructions `wyf/wyb` are just telling you where your yarn should be - in front or in back. `Always slip as if to purl' has nothing to do with the yarn, but how you put your needle into the st that will be slipped. Insert your left needle as if you were going to purl the st (so, back to front) but slip it instead. Slipping as if to knit would be if you put the needle in front to back. So it's not contradictory instructions, it's about two different things.
Where I am getting confused is, yes your needle placement is # 1 when slipping w/ knit or purl BUT WYF would have the yarn on the purl side and with WYB would have the yarn on the knit side. Does this make sense or am I making too much out of it?
that's why when they used both directions in this pattern, I was confused. Thanks for your help. kp
10-23-2007, 10:24 AM
I think it means With yarn forward. xx
10-23-2007, 02:12 PM
WYF would have the yarn on the purl side and with WYB would have the yarn on the knit side Yes, that's right.
Have you seen a ball-band dishcloth pattern? It uses moving the yarn to the front or back when slipping to keep the slipped stitch visible, perhaps your pattern is too?
10-23-2007, 10:32 PM
...WYF would have the yarn on the purl side and with WYB would have the yarn on the knit side...
No. Your yarn may or may not be on the knit side if WYB (or purl side for WYF) - on some patterns you're working on the right side of stockinette but slipping your stitch PW with yarn in back (so your yarn is then on the purl side, yes?). It all depends on the look that is supposed to be achieved, as WildMountainHoney's reply suggested.
So, your yarn placement is dependent upon what is stated in the pattern, in front or in back, not whether it's RS or WS, and is unrelated to which way you are slipping the stitches, as Sue stated.