Tutorial For Cr.3rt and Cr.3lt Stitches

This is a tutorial for rearranging stitches without a cable needle to easily knit Cr.3rt and Cr.3lt

A reader got in touch asking me how to do these more easily than what she read in a pattern.

For Cr.3rt stitch

Bring your yarn to the back of the needles as if to knit
Insert the right hand needle into the front of second and third stitches on the left hand needle.

my hands holding zing interchangeable needles working the beginning of Cr.3rt stitch

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With your finger and thumb pinch the 3 stitches – there will be 2 on the right hand needle and 1 on the left handle needle.

Let the stitches on the right hand needle stay on and drop the stitch from the left. Then put the stitch back on the left hand needle.

Continuing the Cr.3rt stitch my hands holding needles with blue yarn

Replace the 2 stitches that were held on the right hand needle to the left hand needle. 

Places stitches back on the left hand needle

Then knit the first two stitches and purl the third stitch. You will see that the rearrangement of stitches means the 2 knit stitches cross over the purl stitch to the right.

The stitches reordered and worked on the right hand needle for the Cr.3rt stitch

So what’s happened with the rearrangement is the first stitch on the left hand needle is moved to 3rd position.

The second and third stitches are rearranged to 1st and second position on the left hand needle.

Finished Cr.3rt stitch
The finished 3cr Right stitches

Cr.3lt Stitch

3 stitches on the left hand needle ready to be worked for the Cr.3lt Stitch
3 stitches on the left hand needle ready to be rearranged

Leave the yarn in front of the work as if to purl. Insert your right hand needle into the back of the 3rd stitch on the left hand needle.

The right needle in the back of the 3rd stitch of the left hand needle
The right hand needle inserted in the back of the 3rd stitch of the left hand needle

Pinching the 3 stitches, let the stitch on the right hand needle stay on as the other 2 stitches drop off.

Left hand needle picking up the dropped stitches
Left hand needle picking up the dropped stitches
2 dropped stitches replaced on left hand needle
2 dropped stitches replaced on the left hand needle and the stitch held on the right hand needle replaced to be the first stitch

Insert your left hand needle in the two dropped stitches and then replace the stitch held on the right hand needle to the left handle needle.

3 stitches rearranged ready to be worked
3 stitches on the left hand needle rearranged for 3cr lt stitch

Purl the first stitch on the left hand needle and knit the other 2 stitches.

You will see the knit stitches lean to the left across the purl stitch.

So effectively the third stitch on the left hand needle became the first stitch and the first and second stitches became the second and third stitches.

The completed 3cr lt and 3cr right stitches on the right hand needle
The completed 3cr lt and 3cr Right stitches

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