KW Tips and Tricks: Gillam Pullover Tuck Stitches

Gillam Pullover Tuck Stitches

Gillam features a Tuck + Cable patterning that is worked both in the round and flat. The stitch pattern is 6 rounds, with a cable every 6th round, and the tuck stitch worked every 3rd round. As a result, you will work the tuck stitch on both RS + WS rows after the armhole division. 

TUCK STITCH / RS ROWS (WORKED IN THE ROUND & WORKED FLAT):

Regardless of whether you are working the tuck in the round or flat, the stitch is worked the same on all right side rows:

KW Tips + Tricks: Gillam Tuck Stitches
KW Tips + Tricks: Gillam Tuck Stitches

STEP 1 /  Once you reach the tuck stitch on the chart, locate the purl stitch two rows below the first stitch on your LH needle. After you have worked a few repeats of the pattern, you may notice that the stitch that you are looking for is the stitch that you worked as the tuck on the previous repeat.

STEP 2 /  With the working yarn in front, insert your right-hand needle into the stitch you've identified from back to front in preparation to work a purl stitch. Your needle will be below the left hand needle. Make sure your needle is only through this stitch - do not try to also "catch" the stitch directly above it, or the stitch on the needle.

KW Tips + Tricks: Gillam Tuck Stitches
KW Tips + Tricks: Gillam Tuck Stitches

STEP 3 /  Purl the stitch as you would if you were working a regular purl - just pretend the stitch 2 rows below is still on the needle and work it accordingly.

STEP 4 /  The final step is where the tuck really happens. By sliding the stitch (and, subsequently, the two below it) off of the left-hand needle, you're effectively "dropping" them. Since you've caught the stitches 2 rows below with the stitch you've worked as a purl, the two dropped stitches are held - or, in other words, you're stopping them at the purl from dropping further. Depending on the stickiness of the fibers (I found Knightsbridge to be a little sticker than the Organik I used for my swatch), you may need to tug the stitches slightly. 

TUCK STITCH / WS ROWS (WORKED FLAT):

KW Tips + Tricks: Gillam Tuck Stitches
KW Tips + Tricks: Gillam Tuck Stitches

STEP 1 / Once you reach the tuck stitch on the chart, locate the knit stitch two rows below the first stitch on your LH needle. After you have worked a few repeats of the pattern, you may notice that the stitch that you are looking for is the stitch that you worked as the tuck on the previous repeat.

STEP 2 / With the working yarn in back, insert your right-hand needle into the stitch you've identified from front to back in preparation to work a knit stitch. Your needle will be below the left hand needle. Make sure your needle is only through this stitch - do not try to also "catch" the stitch directly above it, or the stitch on the needle.

KW Tips and Tricks: Gillam Pullover Tuck Stitches
KW Tips and Tricks: Gillam Pullover Tuck Stitches

STEP 3 /  Knit the stitch as you would if you were working a regular knit - just  pretend the stitch 2 rows below is still on the needle and work it accordingly.

STEP 4 /  The final step is where the tuck really happens. By sliding the stitch (and, subsequently, the two below it) off of the left-hand needle, you're effectively "dropping" them. Since you've caught the stitches 2 rows below with the stitch you've worked as a knit, the two dropped stitches are held - or, in other words, you're stopping them at the purl from dropping further. As with working on the RS row, depending on the stickiness of the fibers, you may need to tug the stitches slightly. 

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