Saturday, December 15, 2007

My Purl 5 Together Hack

I've started the Lily of the Valley border for my Swallowtail Shawl. The purl 5 together stitches are a big pain in the neck, especially since silk is slippery and inelastic. There have been many times when I have not used a lace pattern because of the dreaded "purl 5 together." Now I don't have an excuse.

Here is my mini-hack...

Insert a tiny crochet hook purlwise (right to left) through all 5 stitches.

Draw up a loop, pulling the stitches off the left hand needle.

Put loop on right hand needle, making sure the stitch is correctly registered on the needle. (Do not twist stitch.)


Unknown said...

Great tip! I'm going to use it.

Mim58 said...

Thank you so much! Looks very do-able!

LittleCottonCloud said...

I know your article is rather old but I really wanted to thank you (if there's any chance you'll read this). Your tips are great!