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01-19-2009, 11:59 AM
I'm knitting my first sock, my first time knitting in the round...

Can someone help me decipher the pattern for the heel? I understand that I have to knit half minus 2 of the total number of stitches (28, in my case), or 14 on the 1st needle and 14 on the 4th needle. But then the pattern says I should also work the edge stitches to facilitate picking up heel stitches. It's the edge stitches I'm uncertain about. The pattern says:

Edge st: Sl the last st of row with yarn in front, work the first st of the row as k through the back loop.

What does Sl mean? Slip?


Jan in CA
01-19-2009, 03:07 PM
Yes, it means SLIP. You bring the yarn forward (as if to purl) and put your needle in the stitch on the left needle and slip it off to the right needle w/o working it. Move the yarn back (as if to knit) then do as the pattern says and work the next stitch through the back loop.