For our October Kit Club we wanted to bring everyone the gorgeous colors of fall and a great shawl to wrap around their shoulders as we go into the brisk air of fall. Melanie Berg’s You’re Beautiful done with Anzula Haiku are the perfect combination for the season.
Part of our goal with every shipment is to find a pattern that is fun without being too difficult, but also give people a chance to learn something new. You’re Beautiful features a nice stretchy bind off so that the artful shaped edging can be blocked into shape easily, without having to struggle with a too-tight edging.
It’s a great bind-off that can be used on other projects as well and good to know how to do. It does, however, feature a k2tog tbl, which is a knit 2 together through the back loop. And I know when I came across that term for the first time I wasn’t sure what I was being asked to do. So, here is another Kitterly Helpful Hint to get you going!
To start off you’ll need to knit the first two stitches. For Melanie’s shawl you do this on the wrong side of your work.
Next, slip them both back onto the left needle purl wise. Your right needle is empty.
To start your k2tog tbl you’re going to stick your right needle through the first two stitches on the left needle, going from right to left so that your right needle comes out the back of both stitches.
You’ll wrap your yarn around the needle the way you do for a knit stitch.
Pull it through.
Drop the old two stitches off. You now have 1 stitch on your right needle and have completed your k2tog tbl.
Knit the next stitch on the left needle and you'll have 2 stitches on your right needle.
Slip them both back onto the needle purl wise.
K2tog tbl again by bringing your right needle through those two stitches from right to left so that the right needle comes out the back of both stitches.
Wrap your yarn around for a knit stitch.
Pull it through and drop the two old stitches off.
You’ll continue you this pattern of knitting 1 stitch, slipping them both back over, k2tog tbl, all the way across. At the end you’ll have one stitch left that you pull the tail through as usual.
And you’re done!