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This week in the fancy stitch combo series i'm going to show you how to work the wishbone
and i'm excited to show you this, this was a suggestion, the suggestion came from brian
and it's a pretty simple lace stitch, but i really liked what he said that he does with
he uses this stitch in place of plain stockinette on the instep of socks.
and that takes it from a totally plain sock to a sock with a panel of lace in it.
which i thought sounded really cool.
and now that i've just done that on my hand, i understand that it would also make a nice
panel in gloves or fingerless mittens, or something like that, too.
oh! the ideas. you can put it in a lot of things.
this is a multiple of 8 stitches, it's a six row repeat.
it has a very distinctive front and back to the stitch.
let's go ahead and take a look.
here is the stitch in a very bulky sample.
you'll see the wishbone shape, or i guess, the wishbone shape is maybe more this way,
when you think about a wishbone.
but this is the way that it knits up. this is the bind off row here.
and this really prominent line that separates the panels is a double decrease.
something that's nice about this stitch is there's never a mystery if you're on track
with your lace.
this has has, like, a built in security system where you always know that you're on track.
this line right here is your security system, so you know that you're on track.
this is maybe not ideal for this stitch, in that it's a bulky sample, knit on bulky needles,
i wanted to show you exactly what it looks like.
this is maybe a more traditional example of how to use this stitch.
in lacier yarn.
i did this on probably the same sized needles as i did this one.
i'll have to check my notes.
but you see you get a much much lacier look with it.
and the back looks like the back of the work.
that's why i would not recommend this stitch for a scarf.
also the fact that it wants to curl at the edges makes it not ideal for a scarf.
but the way that brian uses it in socks is ideal!
it fits right in with the work in the round.
and in the video description below, and on my website, i give you instructions for working
this flat like this as well as in the round.
let's go ahead and take a look at how this goes together.
this is a six row repeat, and the first row really the only row i have to show you is
the first row, because the most complicated stitch appears in the first row.
i'm going to cast on a multiple of 8 plus 1.
start with a knit 1, and then yarn over.
and to do that i'm just going to pull the yarn forward between the two needles, and
back over the right needle.
and if you are a continental knitter, it really just means wrap the right needle, and go on
to the next stitch.
so knit 1, yarn over, knit 2.
and this is the security system right here.
the next stitch is called s, k - s2kp.
and every time you start an s2kp, you want to be one stitch before the column of knit
stitches there, the prominent column of knit stitches.
that's how you know you're on track every time.
to work this stitch, you want to slip two stitches together knitwise.
to do that, you put your needle in as if to knit two stitches, and just slip them from
the left needle to the right without working them.
i'll show you that again in a minute here.
and then i'll knit 1.
and the last part of this stitch is to pass those two slipped stitches over the knit stitch
you just worked.
so it's like binding off, except you're going to grab two stitches instead of one.
so you take the tip of your left needle, skip that first stitch, go into the front of the
two stitches that you slipped, and pull it over the last knit stitch.
and that just added to the double decrease of this column of stitches.
then to finish up the repeat, i'm going to knit two and yarn over.
and then i go back to the beginning of the repeat.
which is knit 1, yarn over, knit 2.
and i'm going to work the s2kp stitch again.
and i know i'm on track, because here is the column of stitches, one stitch over, i can
i'm going to slip two stitches knitwise, knit 1.
and then pass those two stitches over.
to finish the repeat, i'll knit two.
and then yarn over.
and because it's the end of the row, i end with a knit 1.
all wrong side rows in this stitch are purled, nothing fancy.
and all the right side rows are just combinations of the same stitch i showed you here.
the most important part of this stitch is that column of knit stitches that keeps you
to make sure that your lace pattern isn't getting wonky one way or the other.