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Twisted rib doing my head in!
Am I thick or does this make no sense?
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Date: 3/16/12 6:05 AM

So I'm knitting 'flat' on straight needles a 'bolero' and I'm really struggling with the pattern.
K-b1, P1 continue cuff in twisted rib.
According to the glossary K-b1 is knit into back of stitch. But what is the back!?!?!? I've found videos on twisted rib but they either go the speed of light or use dpns.

Then the body of the bolero tells you to K-b1 into 2nd stitch, Purl first stitch, sl st 2 stitches????

So I'm totally stuck. Can I avoid having a nervous breakdown about it and just do K2, P2 & k1, p1 instead?

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Date: 3/16/12 7:50 AM

The front of the stitch is the side facing you. To knit into the back of the stitch you knit with the part of the stitch which is behind the left needle. As you drop it off the needle you will get the twisted look. Sorry it is hard to describe, but easy to show, Surely there are some still photos somewhere on the web showing how this works?

-- Edited on 3/16/12 7:57 AM --
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Date: 3/16/12 7:57 AM

There are photos & diagrams available. Here's an example to look at:
http://www.learn2knit.co.uk/knitting/basic-stitches.php
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In reply to LDT2011

Date: 3/16/12 6:10 PM

Here's a video of knitting through the back loop.
Knit through back loop

Doing this twists the stitch and gives a nice effect on ribbing by making the column of stitching stand out a little more. It would not cause a problem if you knitted the stitch instead.
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Date: 3/21/12 10:33 AM

Thanks for the replies.
Have got the hang of it...I think.

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Date: 3/21/12 2:30 PM

I hope you have figured it out! Sometimes different names for the same stitch or the same name for two different stitches gets us confused. I always have to go for pictures to help me. Keep knitting!

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Date: 3/22/12 5:18 AM

Thanks :)

I'm hoping to host a Knit-a-Long in May for the bolero pattern in 'vintage knitwear for modern knitters' (the yellow one) on my blog. So that I can share with others the process. Its my first vintage knit (apart from the snood which is accessory rather than garment).

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Date: 4/2/12 4:13 AM

If anyone is interested I'm hosting a Vintage Knit Along

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