Slipping stitches is a fantastic way to create texture and colour contrast in your knitting, whilst only handling one colour yarn at a time on each row. By changing how the stitches are slipped you can create a huge array of different patterns.
To slip a stitch (Sl) you slip yarn purl wise from left to right needle without knitting it.
The position of the working yarn as you slip the stitch creates a different effect.
WYIF – If the yarn is held in front of the slipped stitch WYIF (with yarn in front) it will create a small horizontal bar on the right side of your work.
WYIF – On knit rows, bring the yarn to the front, slip the stitch as if to purl then take the yarn to the back again and work the next stitch.
WYIF – On purl rows the yarn stays at the front.
WYIB – If the yarn is held behind the slipped stitch WYIB (with yarn in back) it will create a small horizontal bar on the wrong side of your work, and an elongated stitch on the right side.
WYIB – On knit rows the yarn remains at the back, slip the stitch as if to purl and then work the next stitch.
WYIB – On purl rows bring the yarn to the back, slip the stitch, then bring the yarn to the front again and work the next stitch.
Several of the designs in our Canny Lass collection use a slip stitch design, Fernietickles hat is worked in the the round and uses both WYIF and WYIB, and Fernietickles mitts and the Room to Breathe jersey are knitted flat and use only WYIF. Over the Hills Hat uses WYIB to create elongated stitches in the round.