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Old 10-23-2012, 09:14 PM   #1
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Understanding "turn"
Hoping someone can help.

I'm trying to understand 2 things: I'm working on a relatively simple pattern for baby booties, but the pattern calls for two ways to work the stitches that I'm not familiar with. One, is the turn. Everything before that I am comfortable with, but then I'm instructed for the instep, to k16, turn, p8, turn, and continues this way until the instep measures 1.5 inches then end on a purl row. I have no idea how to "turn" a stitch...when I got to that point in the pattern, I turned my work (around) so that the needles are in opposite hands, but I don't know how to knit from that point and not have the obvious gaping hole!! Any help, or a link would be soooo appreciated! The other thing (which comes next in the pattern) slip all stitches from left needle to right, then knit 8 stitches, then pick up 8 stitches from edge ( of instep). The pattern goes on like this until 40 stitches, then goes back to knitting as I understand it! Again, if anyone could offer some help, instruction or even a link here at KH, it would be so helpful. Thanks so much...
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:24 PM   #2
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You're right about the turn--just switch hands. You won't have the problem of the hole the way you would in short rows since you're only working the center 8 stitches for the top of the foot.

Later on you usually pick up the stitches along the side of the instep (the little strip you just knitted), across the existing 8 stitches at the top of the instep, and then down the other side. This connects the top of the bootie to the sole.
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:11 AM   #3
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Yes, as Ingrid says this is an often used pattern for baby booties. This video uses a similar pattern and orients you for the instep and picking up stitches on the sides of the instep. It uses 11sts where you have 8sts but is otherwise similar.
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