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Knitting backwards

knitbackwI just remembered: I swore that by the end of the year, I was going to learn to knit “backwards.” Knitting backwards is used when you don’t want to have to turn your work, usually in the middle of a row; so you would use it on non-wrapped shortrows, entrelac, bobbles, or in any situation where turning the work would be a big fat pain. Or even a little skinny pain — whatever, the thing to do is to avoid pain. No pain, no pain.

The lovely Rox, Ravelry’s Ask A Knitter and writer of wondrous knitting answers on Ravelry, has a tutorial on her YouTube video channel. (You can see Rox’s YouTube channel here if you’re not on Ravelry, and I highly recommend her Ask A Knitter column on Ravelry’s TWIR.)

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4 Responses to “Knitting backwards”

  1. I loved learning to knit backwards. (I was learning entrelac at the same time)

    Donna Druchunas has also posted some way cool tips:
    Russian Grafting:


    a new way to bobble

  2. Zina says:

    Oooh, now those are some cool tips! I may have to post on those just so people can find them a bit easier. Will have to do some samples — have you tried the Russian grafting, Diana? How flexible is it, as flexible as a regular knit row?

  3. lindy lou says:

    absolutely brilliant little video! thanks …. I’m already casting on to try my first entrelac article (will be a throw – we are just entering winter here in Australia) …. in beautiful shades of pink, wine & beige. The entrelac will be much easier now that I can knit backwards

    • Zina says:

      Entrelac is one of the things I want to learn, so let me know how it goes for you!

      I keep having to review this video, though — I use backwards knitting very rarely, so I keep forgetting and have to backward engineer if I don’t look at the vid, and it’s much faster to do it that way. :)

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