we are ready for an easy section now. just a few rows to learn and then you will repeat them for each rectangle. piece of cake right? no...really that wasn't meant to be sarcastic. it's not bad at all. this tier is only rectangles.
left slanting rectangles
this is where we left off. one stitch on the right hand needle. we now need to pick up and knit the sts in between.
this photo illustrates the stitches that need picked up. and if i didn't mention it before, all those stitches we have been slipping make this part easier. see those nice big stitches. we will need to pick up 7 all together to get the 8 stitches that we need for our rectangle. but only pick up 6 stitches for now and knit them. we are going to do something special with that last stitch.
picking up a stitch. remember, knit these.
sorry (blurry). pick up that 7th stitch. slip it knitwise to right hand needle, do the same with the next stitch. then knit them together. (ssk is what we are doing.)
Row 2: P8, turn.
Row 3: Sl 1, k6, ssk, turn.
repeat rows 2 & 3 until you have used up all the stitches from the tier before. every time that you ssk the last stitch with the next one from the tier before you are joining together the tiers and getting rid of that space you see between the stitches below.
here is what it looks like when you are about halfway through the rectangle.
and now you have one finished tier.
repeat the above rows making sure that you pick up 7 stitches this time and then one more to ssk with that next section for joining. repeat the rows 2 and 3 again until all stitches in that section are joined.
now you have 2 rectangles done. you need to repeat the above steps one last time for the final joining / rectangle.
left slanting tier is complete. we are going to finish our little sample piece in the next part.
see ya back here tomorrow for the final tier / finishing.
Oh and HAPPY THANKSGIVING too! hope you aren't eating too much! oh who am i kidding? eat up!