I’ve received a few messages through Ravelry from knitters who have been attempting to knit “Rolling Hills”, a hat I designed for the Schachenmayr website as a free pattern download.
Although it is a very easy hat to knit (seriously, you could knit this in about a day if so inclined), I understand that the technique used may require some extra clarification, which is why I’ve decided to make a photo tutorial to really break it down for everyone who wants to knit it.
The technique in question? When you get to Round 5, you will come across these instructions:
“insert right needle into next stitch 4 rounds below (in round 1), pull up a loop and place it on left needle, slip, slip, knit loop together with next stitch…..”
(I will be referring to this technique from now on as the “Slip, Slip, Knit Loop” technique).
I feel that it’s one of those techniques that can be really hard to explain in words. The way it’s written in the pattern is the best way the editors and myself could come up with to explain this technique without being overly long and wordy.
I also should point out that some errata was made. The PDF has not been updated, so please, please take note of the changes below (they are posted to the Ravelry pattern page as well).
Round 9: With charcoal heather, knit 1, * insert right needle into next stitch 4 rounds below (in round 5), pull up a loop and place it on left needle, slip, slip, knit loop together with next stitch, knit 3; rep from * around, ending with a knit 2.
Round 29: With neon pink,, * knit 2, insert right needle into next stitch 4 rounds below (in round 25), pull up a loop and place it on left needle, slip, slip, knit loop together with next stitch; rep from * around.
Rolling Hills Hat “Slip, Slip, Knit Loop” Technique Tutorial
(Take a look at which way your stitches are facing. The right “leg” of your loop should be on the front side of the needle, with the left “leg” at the back, just like a regular knit stitch. This is important in order to avoid twisting your stitches).
(Just like in a SSK decrease, slip those stitches over to your right hand needle)
…knit loop together with next stitch;
(Essentially, you are making a decrease here. The loop that you pulled up needs to be knit together with the stitch that it lays in front of in order to keep the stitch count constant)
(I began the repeat, knitting the next 3 stitches…etc)