How to work lace on the wrong side of your knitting

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In my latest design, ’Sandy’ the lace pattern is worked on both sides of the piece. This can sound intimidating, but working lace on the purl side is really quite easy, promise 🙂 I shot photo tutorials for the pattern to help folks navigate the lace.

On the front of ‘Sandy’ I use yarn overs (yo) left-leaning decreases (ssk) and right-leaning decreases (k2tog) on the right side. On the purl side, yo becomes ‘yarn around the needle’, the left-leaning decrease is a ‘slip, slip, purl’ (ssp), and the right-leaning decrease is a ‘purl 2 together’ (p2tog). Grab some needles and follow along, it will open up a whole new world in lace patterns!

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Purl 2 together (right leaning, wrong side decrease)
1. Insert the right-hand needle as if to purl, making sure you go through 2 stitches, as you would for a knit 2 together

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2. Wrap the working yarn as if to purl

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3. Slide both stitches off

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Yarn around needle (wrong side increase)
1. On the right side you would normally bring the yarn forward, but it’s already forward! What to do?

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2. Wrap the working yarn around the right hand needle, counter-clockwise

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3. When you work the next stitch you will see the yo increase. Easy!

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(This yarn over works on the wrong side of the work, or anytime you find yourself performing a yarn over between 2 purl stitches on the right side. )

Slip Slip Purl (left leaning, wrong side decrease)
1. Slip one stitch as if to knit

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2. Slip another stitch as if to knit

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3. Return these stitches to the left needle in their new, twisted orientation

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4. This is the only tricky bit, reach around to the back and Insert your right hand needle into the back loops as if to purl

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5. Wrap the working yarn as if to purl

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6. Slide both stitches off

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Wrong side patterning is used on only 4 rows of the 28-row repeat, but it really adds a lovely touch to the lace, and it’s a handy thing to know!

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