|The first row along the bottom is the longest (24 sts). |
Each "row" or "rib" of slip stitches is really 2 rows.
The top row pair is the shortest (3 sts).
The stitch matters. I'm really enjoying using slip stitches worked in the back loop. It's also called "slip stitch rib" or "back loop slip stitch." I abbreviate it BLOslst.
|Photo #2: This is what the other side looks like.|
Each "rib" of this stitch looks like 1 row, but it's really a pair of rows. I like starting with a long row pair and then making shorter and shorter row pairs. One benefit is that the foundation row stays straighter this way.
|Photo #3: two "wedges" of stacked short rows.|
When you start with longer rows and then crochet shorter rows onto them, the ends of the short row look like a slope of bumps. (See top two photos.)
At my other blog you can see what it looks like when you crochet a long row into the ends of the short rows.
|Photo #4: Slip Slope Scarf in progress, |
with stitch markers. The first 2 row pairs
of a new "wedge" show at the top.
Either way, they flex, drape, and stretch nicely when you use this stitch and a larger crochet hook. Here I'm using a 6.5mm hook (K/US10.5) with worsted weight wool yarn (a.k.a. "#4 Medium Weight" or "Aran" or "Afghan weight").
Starting with a long row pair and then making each row pair shorter and shorter results in a wedge shape. Notice that each wedge has a sloping side and a straight side.
|Photo #5: One more BLOslst in that last |
marked stitch will complete this row.
Now for some impromptu iPhone photos while I finish the Slip Slope Scarf. You might not need stitch markers at all. I've added them in these photos because in the pattern I recommend them to people who haven't done much slip stitch crochet just until they can easily recognize the last stitch of every row.
|Photo #6: Row is now complete. Ch 1, turn.|
In photos #5 and 6, I want you to compare how it looks when you have one stitch left to work into at the end of a row along the straight side of the wedge.
In photo #7, I chained 1 and turned, and then worked a BLOslst in each of the first four slip stitches. I placed a marker in the front loop of the first slip stitch of this new row. This row will be shorter; see photo #8.
|#7: New row begun.|
Photo #9 gives you a bigger picture of how the sloped side is developing, while along the left is a straight edge--the stitches are only decreased when you reach the sloping edge. Make sense?
|#8: I've worked across the new row to the last 3 slip |
stitches of it. I'm going to ch 1 and turn,
leaving those last 3 unworked.
Photos #10 & 11 give another big picture: the current wedge has been completed: the last row pair has only 3 stitches in it!
|#9: I chained 1 and turned, leaving the last 3 of the |
stitches unworked. In this photo I've already crocheted
2 BLOslsts of this new row, and marked the first one.
|#10: A completed wedge.|
|#11: Reverse side of photo #9.|
|#12: Long row of next wedge has been |
crocheted into each of the 3 unworked stitches of every short row.