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What Does it Mean to Work Into the Slip Stitch Space

Miss Prim's Roses

Working in the Slip Stitch Space

Some time you may come across a pattern that requires you to work your first stitch of a round into the slst sp. So what exactly does this mean ?? Let’s take a deeper look into this stitch and why it is so important to know when to work into this space.

Let's Take a Deeper Look

When crocheting a project in the round you will be doing one of three things. You will either 1. Slip Stitch to the first stitch of the round you are working, chain up then continue working the next round. 2. You will Slip Stitch to the first stitch of the current round, turn your work, then chain up and work the next round. 3. you will work in continuous rounds without a slip stitch at the end and just continue on working the first stitch of the next round into the first stitch of the previous round. 

In crocheting Miss Prim’s Roses, you will Slip Stitch to the beginning of the round and turn. Here is where you could make a big mistake (specifically with Miss Prim’s Roses) if you are not familiar with the technique I’m about to breakdown for you.

The photo below shows the end of a round where we slip stitch to the beginning of the previous round and chain 3.


If you look at the same example from the opposite side after turning your work (pic below), you can see that the slip stitch looks like its to the right the chain instead of the left. You can still work a stitch here by bumping back one space. Using the space where you joined with your slip stitch as your beginning point has its perks.

For one it lines up the beginning and end of each round evenly so your seam does not travel. It will follow a straight vertical line throughout the pattern. For Miss Prim’s Roses it was important to have that straight seam so that the increases on each round would stack one on top of the other. Having the increases stack is important to give your yoke the corners it needs to then be split for the arm holes.

So without using the slip stitch space as your beginning point of each round then your yoke will not come out right at all.

After turning slst sp

So Why Does This Happen

The first thing to consider when using this technique is what would it look like if we did not. If you began your next round in next stitch “1” you can see how that shifts the stiches to the left by one, but for this project you want to stay right where you are and fight the urge to use that first double crochet.

If you did use that first double crochet then following the pattern to skip two stitches and work in the chain 2 space cause you to work your next base stitches into the first double crochet of the next cluster of the previous round and that would not be good, things will not line up right later.

Frst double of cluster

This is NOT an increase! It is simply a different place to start the beginning of the round.

Why Use This Technique?

Ultimately we want to place the base stitch into that third double crochet from the previous round. Since the chain stitch from the previous round counts as an actual stitch we call it a double crochet. In order to get to that third double crochet we need to skip two stitches. Perfect!

Uh Oh, I Didn't Do That...

Unfortunately this is one of those patterns that you have to be exact on. Especially with the yoke, as I mentioned above, the entire yoke depends solely on this one technique. 

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