Remember this pillow?
It now lives here....
(oops. I should have moved those hydrangeas. Especially since they are fake. I hate fake flowers. I don't know why I put them there.)
But, you can see the new knit pillow on the left. What you can't see is that it is covering a look-a-like snowflake pillow like the one on the right. In spite of the fact that we are having a record setting winter, with snow on the ground for well over a week and no indication that it can melt in the coming sub-freezing week....I'm ready for the second 'snowflake' to disappear and be covered by some wonderful woolyness. An unmatchy, matching pillow....
The pattern I started has Irish moss stitch panels on either side, ropey cables edging that, and a center of traveling stitches. If you were to use a cable needle (which the directions recommend), that would be a whole lot of fiddle-faddle-ing. Even if you cable without a cable needle, it's still a bunch of stitch realignment. So to move this little project along, I've decided to simply knit the traveling stitches 'in place'. You end up with a very, very similar look, and this is just a pillow that Freddy will most likely claim for his own. He's perfectly fine with short-cuts.
Just in case you've never tried this....here is a super quick tutorial:
To make your two traveling stitches move to the right....
knit to the place in the knitting where you would originally have put the purl stitch on a cable needle and held behind. Instead, leave that purl stitch on your left needle and knit the second stitch on your left needle. (You will now have the new knit stitch on the right needle---and the stitch you just knit into is sort of 'locked' into the knitting on the left needle. It sounds complicated, but it really isn't. Just try it and don't worry about it.)
Now, it's time to purl the purl stitch, which is the first stitch on the left needle.....then slide both (old) stitches off. Writing it out makes it sound hard...just knit into the second stitch, purl into the first stitch, and pull both old stitches off.
Easy peasy. One stitch has 'traveled' to the right.
Ready to travel left???
Again, get to the place where you would have put a knit stitch on a cable needle and held it in front. Instead, skip over that stitch, and purl into the back loop of the next stitch on the needle (it will be a purl). The first time I did this, I thought I had to stand on my head to make it work, but promise....you really don't have to. Slightly awkward, but certainly not impossible....and much much better than messing with that cable needle for two stitches---promise. You will be entering that back loop from left to right.
Purl that stitch, (the newly purled stitch is on the right needle, the 'old' stitch remains on the left needle), now knit into the first stitch on the left needle and slide both stitches off.
A pillow is a perfect project on which to try this....you get lots and lots and lots of practice.
If not for the 'short-cut'....I'd still be flipping stitches....
Instead of dragging out Deep End.