How to create a REVERSIBLE fabric in K1P1 rib WITHOUT bicolor purls:
Row One: Using the color you are changing to, *K1, yarn forward between the needles
slip one stitch as if to purl, yarn to the back between the needles*, repeat * to *
across the row.
When you turn to work the next row, it will look like this:
Row Two: K1, *P1, lift yarn that was carried behind next stitch on row one up and onto LH ndl,
(I just reach down and grab it with the tip of my LH ndl, but you could also use your RH
ndl to lift the carried yarn up to the LH ndl — knitter’s choice), knit the stitch and the
carried yarn together*, repeat * to * across the row.
When you turn your fabric to complete the third, and final row of this process, it will look like this (notice the bicolor purls — in the next row you are going to make them disappear):
Row Three: *K1, yarn forward between the needles, slip next stitch to RH ndl as if to purl, look at
the bicolor purl and lift up the strand that is the color you are working with to the LH
needle, slip the purl stitch back to the LH ndl and purl the strand together with the purl
stitch (bicolor purl gone)*, repeat * to * across row.
Now work some rows in K1P1 rib in this color, and try the process again in your contrasting color (or in as many colors as you would like). In the next installment, we will begin the checkerboard intarsia stitch. Thanks for playing along!
xx M.E. and Summit Yarn Studio