How to Twist Your Stitches

A twisted stitch can sometimes happen on accident, by not paying attention to your stitches as you knit, but there is a way to use an accidental annoyance to your advantage and create an interesting stitch pattern out of it.

An intentionally created twisted stitch is usually just a decorative variation of a normal knit or

A twisted stitch can sometimes happen on accident, by not paying attention to your stitches as you knit, but there is a way to use an accidental annoyance to your advantage and create an interesting stitch pattern out of it.

An intentionally created twisted stitch is usually just a decorative variation of a normal knit or purl stitch that can make a pattern appear almost three-dimensional. Using twisted stitches while increasing (such as for sleeves and waistlines or in diagonal patterns) can help you work neatly as they leave smaller holes within the body of the pattern.

Keep reading to learn how to replicate this unique design twist, and then give the Night Sky Cowl on the next page a shot!

Step 1: Bring your yarn to the front and put your needle through two stitches to purl the stitches together.
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Step 2: Pull the working yarn through the stitches, purling the stitches together and leaving the two stitches on the left-hand needle.
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Step 3: Put the right-hand needle into the first stitch on the left-hand needle again, making sure to insert the needle from the back of the stitch.
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Step 4: Purl the stitch.
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Step 5: At this point you’ll have purled two stitches together, and then purled one stitch again.
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Step 6: Slip the stitches off the left-hand needle. You just worked one twisted stitch!
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