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  • Thanks, Nell, for this excellently helpful post. But Inquiring Minds Want to Know: what in the world are those beautiful little squares under your micro swatches?

    • That’s the beautiful tile countertop at my LYS! If you need more info DM me in the Lounge and I will ask!

  • The P. Ricci technique produces a fabulous seam. I think it will take some practice to get the hang of it!

  • As always a Nell tweak is is a swell tweak. Sorry still need more coffee to be clever. Love the fabric. Colors are beautiful and can’t wait to see your under the sea and through the forest next project! ❤️❤️

  • Thank you Nell. I think I’m taking my felted tweed on an upcoming trip for a scarf/cowl so will try to remember this purling tip!

  • I love so many of your patterns, but I am a senior citizen and can not pay the price for the kit. Please make patterns available without buying the whole kit. There was a v neck sweater I really love because it’s side to side, but can’t get it separate. This is ridiculous.

    • The pattern is available in the Marls Field Guide. Purchased as an e-book, it is $9.99.

      • If all she wants is the one pattern, $10.00 is a bit expensive too.

        • I was just responding to her apparent belief that patterns are not available “without buying the whole kit”.

    • You can get the pattern on Ravelry

  • The backward wrap purl stitch is a game changer and so simple. Thank you!!

    • Oh goodness. Do you know if there’s a video tutorial available that demonstrates this backward wrap purl technique? I’m a Continental knitter and have a hard time wrapping my head around wraps. I’m definitely getting uneven columns in my throw. Will they even out after blocking, or am I just being a hopeful novice?

      • I am a thrower and can’t wrap my head around this either. I don’t quite get wrap purl stitch backward????

      • When you purl a stitch, you are inserting your needle as if to purl and wrapping the yarn around the needle from back to front, then pulling the stitch onto the right needle. Reverse it and wrap the needle from front to back.

      • It’s not a video, but there are step by step photos in this post (where the technique is called the “lazy purl”):


        It’s the kind of thing that sounds more confusing than it is once you have needles and yarn in front of you, so I encourage hands-on experimentation while reading!

  • So helpful—thank you.

  • nell i know this is not exactly on topic for your purling technique, but i thought i might note that there seems to be a typo in the marling field guide…that i dis
    covered when trying to do the marl progressions…on the third changeout of color, it says change from DJ to AJ where in fact it should be BJ thus only changing the A to B…hope you can check and see if you agree, and let the errata folks know if i am correct…

    • I think you are right because all of the other color changes are one color only, not two. In my book, I crossed out the A and wrote in a B.

    • I agree with you that the third marl should be BJ, and made that notation on my pattern. I also sent that possible correction to MDK.

    • I noticed this too.

    • The errata is posted on ravelry

      • thanks, I wondered if it was noted somewhere…

      • If you scroll down, here’s a link at the bottom of this (and I believe every) MDK page that has all of the Corrections.

  • Thank you, Nell, for the excellent backwards wrap purl stitch tip. I just cast on this morning and am doing as you suggest. Also, I’ll definitely be checking out the special 3NBO when I get to that stage.
    Thank you!

  • What is does that mean, to wrap a purl stitch backward? It would be great if you could please explain this technique. Thanks!

    • Normally a purl stitch is formed by wrapping the yarn counter-clockwise around the needle. To wrap the purl stitch backward, you wrap the yarn clockwise around the needle.

  • I never knew I was a combination knitter under someone pointed out that I purled wrong. Now I embrace it and simply knit though the back loop. I love that the mistake I was ashamed of years ago turns out to be a superpower! (And I kind of think all those twisted stitches on the sweater in question look pretty cool.)

  • Can anyone tell me how many skeins/colors I would need to make a cowl (as shown in the photo)? I’m an “advanced beginner” knitter, and would like to try this out first on a smaller project.