Here’s our starting point for the first purl stitch in the bind off of the thumb flap.
We are going to be working counter clockwise (left to right in the photo) and the trailing yarn is to the right of the indicated needle – where we will make our first stitch.
But the yarn needs to be to left of that needle when we make the stitch.
- No problem – just hold the yarn BEHIND that initial needle, then out to the front of the cylinder. I’m trying to take photos with one hand, hold the yarn with one hand, and manipulate the latch tool with one hand!
- Now take the latch hook tool and, KEEPING IT BEHIND the working yarn push it through the loop of the stitch on the initial needle, making sure it is on the Leading Work side of that needle.
- Push the latch tool all the way though so that the latch itself has gone past the loop you are passing it through.
So our latch tool is on the Leading side of the needle being worked, while the working yarn is on the Trailing side. If the trailing yarn and latch tool are on the same side, the stitch will end up dropping after the work is off the knitter.
As mentioned in the video and last post, you can do this stitch in either direction, BUT the latch tool and trailing yarn MUST be on opposite sides of the needle being worked either way.
- Now bring the trailing yarn around in front of the needle being worked, and lay the yarn in the hook of the latch tool.
- Pull the tool up through the loop and wrapped trail that we worked above. Make sure the latch of the tool closes only around the yarn you laid in the hook – ie doesn’t snag on the loops your pulling through.
- LEAVE that new loop on the latch tool and safely up above the latch.
That’s the Initial Purl Stitch for binding off completed.
Next part of tutorial – the subsequent Regular stitches.