Speedy Left Twist and Right Twist

Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in All Tutorials | Comments Off

Here is how I do two stitch twists – without a cable needle. There are several different methods to get the twisted look; I prefer making them as mini cables.

There are two principal kinds of 2-stitch twists – the first is like a mini cable where one knit stitch is crossed over another knit stitch. When this kind of stitch is worked from the wrong side, a purl stitch is crossed over a purl stitch. The second kind of 2 stitch twist has a knit stitch crossed over a purl stitch.

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The abbreviation for both kinds of twists is usually LT for left twist, and RT for right twist, regardless of whether the stitch in the back is purled or knit – always check the pattern to confirm which is meant.

My Speedy Twisting Technique will work for either kind of twist, but the photos below are for the second kind of twist, where a knit stitch is crossed over a purl stitch. If working the other kind of twist, the first four steps are the same, but Step 5 becomes Knit 2.

Left 2 Stitch Twist

Set-up: Next two stitches on the left needle are knit, purl.

Step 1: With right needle in back, insert needle behind the next knit stitch, into the second (purl) stitch on the left needle.

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Step 2: Drop both stitches off the left needle: the purl stitch is the right needle, and the knit stitch floats free in front.

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Step 3: Pick the floating knit stitch up with the left needle.

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Step 4: Slip the purl stitch from the right needle back to the left needle.

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Step 5: Purl 1, knit 1.

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And of course, the last step is always to admire your work.

Right  2-Stitch Twist

Set-up: Next two stitches on the left needle are purl, knit.

Step 1: With the needle held to the front, insert the right needle into the second (knit) stitch on the left needle, skipping the purl stitch.

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Step 2: Drop both stitches from the left needle: the knit stitch on the right needle, and the purl stitch floating free in BACK.

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Step 3: Pick up the floating purl stitch with the left needle.

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Step 4: Slip the knit stitch from the right needle back to the left needle.

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Step 5: Knit 1, purl 1. 

The photo below shows both completed twists.

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If you’re interested in a pattern to practice these twists on – Mixology is great because the are used every 6 rows – but all the other rows in between are simple knits and purls.