MagKnits June is Online!

I really like the new sock pattern in the current MagKnits, called Tropicana. I’m a bit confused by part of the instructions though:

srpo = sl st to right hand needle with yarn in front, then pull yarn over the needle – st looks now as if there are two sts, you are not making a yarn over, you just pull it to the back! = srpo double stitch. This double stitch is always knit/purled together as one st. Do not make increases!

Can anyone explain that to me, slowly and clearly? Please?

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I loved that pattern, too and was totally confused by that particular instruction, as well.

I’m thinking it’s kind of like a wrap-stitch yarnover, probably worked at the short-rows of the heel (I’ll have to go back and look), to keep the stitches tight, maybe?

Otherwise, it seems kind of pointless to me. 🙁

It’s often called a “backwards yarnover” — one of the many methods of doing a short row heel/toe. 🙂

Alison has a tutorial on it over at her site — backwards yarnover tutorial. It’s also Priscilla Gibson-Roberts method, so if you have an old IK or her Simple Socks book, it’s outlined there (Alison links to the IK pattern on her tutorial as well).

I think Alison’s tutorial should help you out, though.

BTW, ignore my previous comment. I was on post-work crack or something! It’s a wrapped short row method; I somehow neglected to notice the slipping the stitch part.

That said, it’s Wendy’s short row method that person is using, which is shown with pictures in a Knitty article here. Those pictures might help you see what you are missing. It’s a little weird, and I still have trouble with that method, so I use the method that Alison shows in her tutorial that I listed above. 🙂


Jess, your second comment has me cracking up. Don’t you hate it when the post-work crack makes everything all fuzzy? 😉 I completely understand!

Thanks for *both* of the links – they are definitely helpful!

Actually, I’m going to take issue with both of Jess’s explanations. It’s neither the backwards YO method *nor* a regular wrapped-stitch short row (and incidentally, those are effectively the same — once you lift the wrap off the stitch it was on, when you get ready to hide it, you have the same thing as if you’d done a backwards YO in the first place). I think it’s kind of a hybrid — you’re effectively making the wrap, but with it already pulled up off the stitch it was around — but then look down below at how it’s used; she’s got you putting these semi-wrapped stitches on a spare needle, instead of just hanging out next to the existing stitches, which is something I’ve never seen before.

I think I understand it, but I’d have to actually knit it to be sure. If you want to show up at Twisted Yarns tomorrow, I’m planning to go hang out a while, and we could fiddle with it then.

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