sl 1 wyif, wyib???

I know I have probably asked this (or something similar) before, but I forgot.
My pattern calls for sl wyif and sl wyib

I know that these mean slip with yarn in front, and slip with yarn in back.
I assume that these are both slip knitwise right? The whole pattern is all knit (no purl) so I would assume this, but want to be sure.
Next is with yarn in back, I don't need to do anything other than slip right? since I am knitting, my yarn is already in the back isn't it?
And for slip with yarn in front, I just bring the yarn forward like I would if I was going to purl, but instead I just slip, but slip knitwise??

It is possible that some of you have this pattern and have even done it. It is the "Mr. Stripy" sweater in the "Son of Stitch 'n Bitch" book.


chipsir's picture

Yes I believe it does mean to slip knitwise otherwise it would state purlwise and yes wyib means just slip the next stitch, I think the only reason it is used this way is so the knitter will know when to bring yarn forward before slipping. Hope this helps.

MMario's picture

That's the way I would read it.

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QueerJoe's picture

Actually, I think the default slip-stitch is to slip purl-wise if not specified. Which would make sense, because when you come back to purl or knit that stitch, it will be twisted if you slip it knit-wise.

Here's a link that specifies that purl-wise is the way to go when it's not specifically noted:

MMario's picture

whiips! That is right! And Albert is right about the mount....

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albert's picture

I should be- that's the only "mounting" I've done in a long time.

albert's picture

Although, if you slip knitwise, you are changing the "mount" of the stitch, that is, you have now twisted it. Whereas, if you slip it purlwise you are maintaining the present mount. That is my understanding (but that's not saying much).

knit_knot_eat's picture

Now what??? I got 4 responses, 2 of you say slip knit, 2 of you say slip purl.
Does anyone have the book I got the pattern from? can you tell by looking at the picture?

knit_knot_eat's picture

both the knitting on the net and knitting help websites say that if the pattern does not specify which way to slip, assume slip purl wise. So, I think I'm going to try it that way. Any arguments for slipping knitwise???

YarnGuy716's picture

Just to push you by one more vote I think that slipping purlwise is the way to go when it does not specify.

twistknit's picture

I vote purlwise!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Another vote for purlwise. Usually, you only slip knitwise for decreasing and if specifically told to. For instance: I usually slip the stitches knitwise when doing "Eye of Partridge" heel flaps when using self-patterning yarns. It makes it easier to keep track of which rows I've done and I figure the twisted stitch helps give a little more durabililty to the heel. (No proof of that - I just guess it might.) Have fun with your sweater. --- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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jwhassjr's picture

I think it's purlwise based on the close up photo of the pattern striping from Son of a Stitch 'n Bitch. It really doesn't seem sensible to slip them knitwise: I think that would cause the stitches to be too tight and would affect the drape of the sweater. That's just my own personal theory; I have no experience from which to base it. It just seems that way to me.

Also, if you go to, you'll see a little blurp under the tips section about slipping stitches that states to slip knitwise when the slipped stitch will be worked again in the same row it was slipped (basically decreasing) and slip it purlwise if it will not be worked again until the next row.

Tallguy's picture

The standard rule is that you always slip purlwise, unless otherwise indictated. Yes, you would be changing the mount, and that is not really wrong, if you pay attention and know how to knit it when you next come to it. While in most cases, for the experienced knitter, mount is not a problem as to which direction it sits, for the beginner, it can be a real stumbling block. If you follow the rules, it always works out correctly. Slip it purlwise.

Thomasknits's picture

Another vote for purlwise. I think the only time I've seen directions to slip knitwise is in a Slip, knit, PSSO left decrease, or if they specifically want a twisted stitch.


knit_knot_eat's picture

Purlwise it is. I actually tried a few rows of the pattern and slipped purlwise and the results looked right. Not to mention how fast I was able to do a row considering every other stitch was a slip.
For those of you who don't like to purl (me), this pattern give very nice results, very different from Garter stitch, and very easy to do.

Now all I need to do is find the right yarn to match the pattern and sweater here I come.

TrvVn5's picture

I would have to agree that the rule of thumb is always slip purlwise unless otherwise indicated. If you slip knitwise you are going to twist the stitch and thats gonna make it tighter, and will cause a different look than if you slip purlwise.