CL and CR in knitting instructions?

July 28, 2007 at 7:50 am Leave a comment

Dear SweaterBabe,

I was wondering what CL and CR means. 

Thank you.  — Kathy P.

Dear Kathy,

“CL” means Cross Left and “CR” means Cross Right.  Both are techniques done with 2 stitches.

Sometimes, they are referred to as twisted stitches and abbreviated as “LT” (left twist) and “RT” (right twist).

With CL or LT, you will be crossing the next stitch in front of the following stitch. 
Here is what you do:
With right-hand needle behind the left-hand needle, sk the next st on the left-hand needle and k the 2nd st tbl, then k the skipped st in front lp.  Slip both sts from left-hand needle.

With CR or RT, you will be crossing the next stitch in back of the following stitch. 
Here is what you do:
Sk the next st on the left-hand needle and k the 2nd st in front of the skipped st, then k the skipped st.  Slip both sts from left-hand needle.

Try the technique and you will see that it is not too difficult and produces interesting crossed stitches.

Good luck!

 

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