The first clue for the Mystery Knit Along was easy but time consuming, and we were excited to move on to clue two.
Last week we released clue 2, and we heard from many of you with questions about how to use the locking markers. If you have not used stitch markers before they can seem a little daunting to include in your knitting, but for this project they are essential.
The first important marker is the marker that denotes the center of the pattern. The next two markers used are the locking stitch markers, and they should be worked in the following way: When the pattern instructs, you will knit or purl to within one stitch of the marker. You will slip the stitch before the marker to your right needle, slide the locking maker off the left needle and set it aside (but don’t lose it because you will be adding it back in pretty soon). If you are working an ssk, you can then slip the next stitch on the right needle and knit these two stitches together to complete the ssk. If you are on a purl row, once you have removed the locking marker, move the slipped stitch to the left needle and purl the stitch that was slipped together with the next stitch. Then continue to follow the pattern instructions, knitting or purling the required number of stitches and replacing the locking marker when the pattern states.
Remember you will be knitting or purling two stitches together, one stitch from each side of the locking marker, and the marker is vital to help you keep track of that decrease.
Here are some pictures of our project as we finish up the second clue.
We are delighted that so many of you are knitting along with us, and we hope that you are finding this knit both fun and challenging.