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Old 07-27-2010, 12:34 AM   #1
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Lateral Braids
Does anyone know how to knit lateral braids? i've been trying to knit this pattern but I just can't get it right.

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Old 07-27-2010, 02:25 AM   #2
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I had never done it before but the pattern you gave has good directions, and it works. I'll try to explain further.

The first thing you do is a M1R. There is a link to a video showing this increase HERE.

Look on the left as you scroll down for "M1R" it also says "I think of this as "M1B". You pick up the strand running between the stitches on the right and left needles using the left needle and approaching from behind. Once the strand is over the left needle knit it from the front (like you'd normally knit). Now you have increased a stitch and that stitch is on the right needle. Slip it directly back to the left needle, no twisting or anything.

*Now you are ready for the next part. You are going to be working with the stitch you slipped back to the left needle and the stitch next to it. Put your right needle behind the left needle and skipping the stitch you slipped, knit into the back loop of the stitch next to the slipped stitch. (Be sure when you knit into the back loop of that 2nd stitch that you go over, not under the working yarn that is attached to the stitch at the tip of the left needle.) Do the whole process of knitting that stitch through the back loop, until you get to the slide the stitch off part. Don't do that. (If you don't know how to k tbl click HERE. This is a page from the glossary on this site. Scroll down to "k tbl aka K1 tbl, K1b". There is a video link to how to do it there.)

Now bring the right hand needle to the front of the left needle and knit into the first stitch (the one you skipped) in the normal place. After you knit that stitch let both the stitch loops you have been working into slip off the left needle. You now have 2 new stitches on the right hand needle.

Now slip the stitch closest to the tip of the right hand needle back to the left needle (the working yarn will be attached to it). Now go back to the * and repeat.

The short version is to begin with a M1R, slip the increased stitch back to the left needle. * Knit the second stitch tbl, then the first stitch tfl, slip the stitch at the end of the right needle back to the left needle and repeat from the *.

Hint: Pay close attention and try to get in the habit of not stopping until you get to a spot where you can clearly see what the next step is. For me it was easiest to stop right after I slipped the stitch back to the left needle so that the working yarn was coming from the stitch at the tip of the left needle, and I was ready to repeat from the *.

I hope this helps you.
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wow! I like this pattern a lot! I will make some for myself! I am pretty sure this new pattern (the lateral braids) will be "swatched" by me sometime this week to memorize it. Looks great for a lot of stuff, cardigans, for example. Thanks for sharing it!
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hey thanks for the reply!
I was just trying to figure it out again on my own with no luck.

the problem i have is when i finish the sequence to make a lateral braid, i can't figure out which loop to m1b to start the pattern over again.
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Originally Posted by gustafc View Post
hey thanks for the reply!
I was just trying to figure it out again on my own with no luck.

the problem i have is when i finish the sequence to make a lateral braid, i can't figure out which loop to m1b to start the pattern over again.
OOOOOOOOHHHH i dont have to m1b except for at the very beginning...duh.
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Old 07-29-2010, 02:39 PM   #6
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Right!! You only do that make one at the very beginning to get you started then, then you use the stitch at the tip of the RHN to slip back to the left needle to start the sequence again. Pretty slick. I'm glad you got it now.
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Hi gustafc, and everybody...

I really like the pattern - so I just knit a little swatch (in the round).

the lateral braids, those are really nice. Just the finishing of the round I am not happy with. I think I can do better. But great idea.

I am not sure about the linen ridge stitch pattern. I really like it. But it did not come out in my swatch.

Can anyone help me?

The thing is knit in the round.
round 1: purl
round 2: wyib slip 1, purl 1 - repeat
round 3: purl
round 4: purl 1, wyib slip 1

the slipping goes purlwise.

Does anyone know if that instruction is right? If so, I am just too dumb to knit it
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After you slip the stitch with the yarn in back, make sure you move the yarn to the front to purl the next stitch.
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that I did of course. But your comment makes me sure that this will work out some way. Maybe just the 2 yarns I tried it with are not optimal. I will just try again. This is just too pretty.

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It may take also several rows for the pattern to start looking like pictures of it.
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