Slow Curve Knit Along: Day 2

Rachel’s Slow Curve KAL: Day 2

Welcome to Rachel’s Slow Curve, Day 2. If you liked Day 1 (and we hope you did), you are really going to enjoy today!  

We will begin with offsetting the eyelets, which along with the collar are focal points of this project and begin shaping our work. This shaping  will allow your collar to curve, follow the contours of your neck and results in a very flattering fit.

A bit of reassurance for the beginners out there - You can do this, for sure!  One step at a time is all it takes. You have my word on that!

Grab your pattern and look for the section marked “Center”

Row 9 is going to offset the eyelet portion of the project. Think of it sort as an underscore or method of drawing your eye to a specific spot.

Getting Ready To Speed Through The Curve

Here we are, getting ready to speed right through the curve. Row 10 is where we are going to abruptly decrease the width of the piece with knit 2 togethers. While we are at it we are going to throw in eyelets created with yarn overs (yo). Sound like too much? It’s really very simple and I’ll show you how.

What is an eyelet?

Before we start the row, let’s talk about eyelets for a moment. If you’re a beginner, creating an eyelet  or executing a yo (yarn over) is nothing more than moving the position of your working yarn where the yarn is brought forward between the needles (you’ll also see this in patterns listed as yf or yarn forward) and then you knit the next stitch as usual. We’ll start the row and then look at the  photos to see how the k2tog (knit 2 together) and yo (yarn overs) are made.

K2tog (knit 2 together)

Very easy! insert the tip of the right hand needle into the next two stitches on the left hand needle (from bottom to top) wrap your yarn as usual and knit the two stitches together and slide off the left hand needle as usual.

Now let’s look at how we can create a yarn over when working a knit row. Following  the pattern on Row 10:

1. We have worked our border stitches and a knit 1, then we will knit 2 together and move the working yarn forward between the needles and...

2.  Knit the next 2 stitches together. It’s that simple! You have created an eyelet and decreased at the same time.

Look at the pics below. The first pic shows the yarn forward between the needles and the second shows the yarn that we just moved forward wrapped as usual ready to knit.  Notice the strand that sits at an angle on the right hand needle? That is your yarn over stitch.  

Knitting Doctor Tip: yarn overs can be spotted by their slight left slant.

Knitting Doctor Tip: Take a look at the eyelet we’ve created see that slight slant again?  That’s how you’ll pick your yarn overs out in the crowd!

Now you are ready to continue on with Row 10. As you move thru this row you will see your eyelets will start lining up in the purl portions of the ribbing on this row. This is exactly where they should be. If yours are not lining up you more than likely have missed a k2tog.  

Knitting Doctor Tip: When I do Row 10 of this pattern, I think of my repeats in sets of three (i.e. k2tog, yo, k2,tog...k2tog, yo, k2tog...etc. etc.) Also, if you need to lay your work down, try to finish the set. It really helps you keep on track!

Eyelets lining up? Your row should look something like this!  

You’ve finished your row, created eyelets and curved the ribbing! Smile! Wasn’t that easier than you thought? Good news! We’ve passed the tricky parts and  it will be smooth sailing for the rest of today!

Sail on thru Row 11. This is where you will underscore the top of the eyelets with purls, and when you have completed this row here is how it should look:

Just a few more rows to go! Almost there...

On Row 12 we are back to ribbing, but this time our rib looks a little different. Our 2x2 rib has narrowed to a 2x1 rib which allows our piece to curve..

Complete pattern Row 12 and then Rows 13 thru 17 and we’re done for the day!  

Only one task left undone and that’s matching our work to the pic below. Look pretty similar?  

Great! Congratulations on another job “well done!”

PS. Today's tutorial would have taken a lot less time if my camera-hog cat, Sunny, wouldn't have kept getting in the middle of the shots! Silly kitty...but I still love her!

Happy knitting!

Donna Pelzar, the Knitting Doctor