I’ve been busy, but most of it has been experimenting (aka: fooling around with yarn).
About the YOs (yarn overs)–clockwise and counter-clockwise get very confusing if you are doing a reverse stitch or are crocheting left-handed.
So my new notation will be:
Yarn Back Wrap (YBW) for the traditional crochet YO,
which looks like this–
and Yarn Front Wrap (YFW) for the other way:
I’ve found a fairly simple stitch that works for socks that requires the YFW during the forward pass. I’m calling it the Untwisted VBckBar and it looks like this
with a back that looks like–
This stitch has 2 things going for it
1. It’s relatively stretchy for a tuni stitch, particularly in the sideways direction.
2. You can’t see much of the return chain, so all those self-striping yarns that are designed for knitters tend to look better.
To do it:
You pull the front vertical bar (VFrt) toward the last stitch so that you can hook the back vertical bar (VBckBar) and pull it forward, then pull a loop from the top behind the raised VBckBar using YBW . (I’m sure this will require pictures, but I don’t have them yet.)
The net result is that you are reordering the vertical bars the way you do with a Twisted Knit stitch, then doing a Simple stitch, but with the back bar instead of the front bar, and the YBW instead of the usual YFW (YO).
I haven’t been able to reproduce this stitch using the traditional crochet YO, so many folks will probably find this stitch tricky.
I’ve made a couple of test socks by combining this Untwisted VBckBar stitch with the Purled Post stitch.
This seems to be working out pretty well.