Slipped stitches in knitting are worked for a variety of reasons from setting up for a decrease to creating decorative patterns that look like weaving. They can be used to create faux icord edges or elongate stitches to give them more definition.
Slipping a stitch purlwise means that the stitch is moved over to the next needle without working it and the stitch is remaining in the same orientation as it was on the previous needle. Slipping a stitch knitwise does the opposite and reverses the orientation of the stitch which can set up for a twisted stitch.
With yarn in front or with yarn in back tells where the yarn will be carried across the slipped stitch. Front and back are directional in relation to your knitting position (in front of or in back of the needles), rather than the right side and wrong side of the work.
- If the yarn is not already in back of the work, move the yarn between the needles to back of the work as if a knit stitch were about to be worked.
- Slip the next stitch purlwise onto the right needle.
- Return the yarn to the position it needs to be in to work the next stitch.