Picket Fence Afghan: A Slip-and-Flip Tutorial

July 30, 2018

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  • Thank you for the fabulous tutorial. I have the yarn, book marked the article, and am ready to go….after I finish a summer top and a sweater for my grandson. Looks like I will be easing into winter.

  • Thanks for the wonderful visuals Julia – this is such a tidy way to do intarsia stripes!

  • I am very interested to try the Metronome scarf.
    Thanks for the tutorial – very helpful.

  • Thank you! I was fretting unnecessarily over the gaps at the intersection, and you set my mind at ease.

  • Such a great tutorial Julia! I have saved it and we’ll be using it soon.

  • Thank you so much for this great tutorial. It just makes things so clear when you can “see” what you are reading.

  • Thanks so much!! The visuals really help me. I’m still a beginner but am getting quite brave these days. Think I will start with a mini-version and use it as a dishcloth.

  • This looks like my kind of fiddling around (very ingenious) and would help me to incise into my memory the correct way to twist the yarn for color changes. Summertime is my busy time as I am at the age which I am starting to call Early Elderly and need heat to get my brain and body going. But your wonderful tutorial helped me grasp enough of the concept that I too (shivering at the very thought of August) want to ease into winter with Field Guide No. 7.

  • Oh my goodness, what I thought was impossible, I now understand! LOL I guess I am a visual learner. Thanks so much for the pictures. I am excited to make this in a few months! Too many other projects now.

  • I am still as confused as I was when I read the pattern. I’m good up until the end of the C2 stripe, where you differed from what the pattern says to do. You stated on the RS, slip the C1 stitches to pick up the C2 and perl to end so now each color yarn is at the end of the row. That makes sense, but for the new stripe on the next row, you say to be on the RS again, but starting with C1. How did you get there without slipping all stitches or completing a WS in there? The pattern also loses me here. Can you please clarify this for me?

    • If you are working on a circular needle you just slide to the end where the C1 is and start knitting there.

      Does that make sense?

      • So you just work 2 RS rows in sequence skipping the WS one? Think that makes sense now. It’s right where I left off so I’ll try it – thanks!

        • It worked beautifully, thanks! I finally got it thanks to your visuals and wonderful write up.

  • I can’t wait to start this blanket (says the woman who, until last winter’s log along swore she would never knit a blanket). Except I ‘accidentally’ keep buying other yarns with my yarn fund. I need an intervention!

  • Julia is *brilliant.* I love this pattern, and this technique! Thanks JFC!

  • Hmmmm….. I think I can do this, as long as I don’t call it intarsia!

    • We don’t call it intarsia.

  • Instead of cutting the yarn, how about knitting backwards?

    • I hate to purl. It is tough on my arthritic fingers. Is there any way to do this pattern with only Knitting?

  • Having made the Metronome Shawl, after Kay wrote about it, I can attest to the cleverness of this technique! The best advice I have is just to pick up your needles and do it – then it will make sense. Thinking about this blanket as a great winter project…

  • Wow thanks so much for the save link!

  • Succinct, not a wasted word. Brilliant technique.
    Thank you so very much for the tutorial. I am off to knit now.
    Have a great day… KNITTING!

  • Where did you buy this gorgeous yarn?

  • Life saving tutorial

  • This tutorial clears it all up ! Thank you so much !

  • A video would be much easier to understand. I can’t follow your written instructions.

  • In the tutorial it states: “On the wrong side (yes, there is a typo in the printed pattern, which says RS), purl with C2 the required number of stitches.”

    Has this typo been corrected?

  • Well I am
    Sooo glad I just searched all your articles on the Afghan pattern because that typo saying RS instead of WS had me stumped!!! Perhaps you could put this fact in a more prominent place somewhere here?? Like at the beginning of all your posts about this pattern? Because I’m sure I’m not the only person who was thrown off by this mistake in the pattern… thanks. Just a suggestion.

  • I was wondering…I purl so much more loosely than I knit. The B color stitches look 5x larger than the regular color a garter rows. Would it be possible to knit this pattern/technique with 2 different sized double pointed needles? So I could purl with a smaller needle? Or 2 different sized circulars? Or will it all come out in the “wash…”