# Round to flat, flat to round, part 3.

This is the last installment of my series of posts about converting stitch patterns from written for flat knitting to written for knitting in the round (and vice versa).

I’m going to use the stitch that was the basis for my Pinion hat.  (Though I had to make a lot of tweaks to make it work for a beret).

This is Spiral Stitch, from Mon Tricot’s 900 Stitches Patterns.

Round 1: *p3, yo, k4, k2tog, k3.*
Round 2: *p3, k1, yo, k4, k2tog, k2.*
Round 3: *p3, k2, yo, k4, k2tog, k1.*
Round 4: *p3, k3, yo, k4, k2tog.*

Note: this biases strongly to the right as shown in this pair of socks I knit:

My stitch dictionary lists it as a stitch to be worked in the round, which is really no surprise given that there is lace on every round. That said, it’s certainly quite possible to work flat.

The first thing to know is that decreases are kind of the same from front to back. That is, a right-leaning decrease on the front will also be a right leaning decrease on the back, so k2tog on the front will be p2tog on the back and vice versa. A left-leaning decrease on the front is a left-leaning decrease on the back, so ssk (or s-k-psso) will be ssp (or p2tog tbl).

Digression: This can actually produce unexpected effects. A pair of decreases that lean like this on the front:

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Will lean like this on the back:

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Okay, back to the stitch pattern at hand.

Every other round can stay as it is written and still end up with flat knitting, so the first row can just be copied over:

Row 1: *p3, yo, k4, k2tog, k3.*

Row 2, however, is going to be read from right to left, and we need to flip the stitches so that the correct thing will show on the right side. The first instruction I see is k2, so that will be p2. The next is k2tog, so that will be p2tog. K4 will be p4; yo is yo regardless; k1 becomes p1, p3 becomes k3. So:

Row 2: *p2, p2tog, p4, yo, p1,k3.*

Row 3 is just copied over from Round 3:

Round 3: *p3, k2, yo, k4, k2tog, k1.*

Row 4, read from right to left and flipped over:

Row 4: *p2tog, p4, yo, p3, k3.*

To sum up:

Row 1: *p3, yo, k4, k2tog, k3.*
Row 2: *p2, p2tog, p4, yo, p1,k3.*
Row 3: *p3, k2, yo, k4, k2tog, k1.*
Row 4: *p2tog, p4, yo, p3, k3.*

By the way, the chart above looks nice and square, doesn’t it? But if you look at the stitch map, you can really see how it leans to the right.

## 2 thoughts on “Round to flat, flat to round, part 3.”

1. Rebecca says:

Hello! Have you ever decreased in pattern with the spiral stitch? I’m making a hat and am having a lot of trouble decreasing in pattern. Any tips? Thanks!