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Old 04-07-2008, 12:42 PM   #1
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Has anyone heard of the twist stitch. My beginner book says "working behind first st on left need, knit into the back loop of secnd st making sure not to drop the first stitch off, then knit the first st letting both stitiches drop off needle. What I have been doing is taking the first stitch off with a stitch holder and knitting the second stitch than I knit the first. I am not sure this is right.

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Old 04-07-2008, 02:21 PM   #2
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This is used frequently much like a mini cable. No need for cable ndl (way too much effort). Just as instructions state: insert your right ndl in the back of the 2nd st on left ndl. Knit it but then immediately knit into front of first st on left ndl. Drop both off left at same time.

BTW, if you want to do the mirror image, K into the front of the 2nd st on the left, then the first, dropping both. This will twist the other direction.

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Old 04-07-2008, 03:05 PM   #3
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I'm doing the Celtic Cardigan right now and it has TONS of right and left twists. I usually use Turbo addi's but in the yolk area of this sweater I had to go to lace turbo addi's. That's because the lace needles have a sharper tapered point which made all the difference in the world when doing the twists. I could have accomplished it with regular addis but I would have HATED it. My right twists is k2tog, leave on needle, insert right hand needle between the same two stitches and knit the first st again. Slip both stitches off the left hand needle.
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Old 04-07-2008, 04:03 PM   #4
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Here's a video I put together showing how to do cables without cable needles. It uses the identical technique that you would use for twist stitches. Just I used more stitches.
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You would use this exact same technique, whether it's crossing one stitch over the other or more than one stitch. I love it!!!
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Old 04-07-2008, 04:34 PM   #5
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Here's a video I put together showing how to do cables without cable needles. It uses the identical technique that you would use for twist stitches. Just I used more stitches.
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You would use this exact same technique, whether it's crossing one stitch over the other or more than one stitch. I love it!!!
Great tutorial! And I do cables all the time. Here's my question, how many stitches can you actually do. You're doing a 4st-RC and a 4st-LC. But if you are getting into larger cables, let's say 8 or 12, would you be able to do that? Or will it be too tight.
And since I do knit on the tighter side, I probably still need the cable needle. LOL
I'll try it out though and it's a lot easier than doing cable needles for only two stitches. That would drive me bonkers!
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Hiya dude,
I've done it as far as 3x3 and 3x1 any more an it would probably start getting a little difficult. But this works great for those standard 2x2, 1x1 or 3x3 cables.
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I thank everyone for coming to my rescue. I have been using this site to learn the basics and it is wonderful. I have also just purchased the video. This forum is great for learning. Thank you so much for the video...IT REALLY HELPED!

I will continue to use this site.

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Thank you for providing this video! I actually had the same question. I am still somewhat confused because I only have to knit one stitch in the back as opposed to the two that you did in the video. After wrapping the yarn around the right needle are you pulling the needle back through the front, then knit the first stitch that was skipped and let them both come off? Since it is only one stitch I can't tell if there is a pattern or how it is supposed to look...sorry if I am confusing everyone
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Yeppers sheena,
You skip that first stitch you of the twist, knit the next one either in front or in back, depending on how you want the twist to lean, left or right. Insert your needle in the second stitch, knit it, leave the old stitch on the left needle and the new stitch will be on the right needle, knit the skipped stitch and let both old stitches drop off the left needle. No worries cause the new stitches on the right needle will be there, keeping everything as it should be.
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After wrapping the yarn around the right needle are you pulling the needle back through the front, then knit the first stitch that was skipped and let them both come off?
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