The other day the design studio recieved an email asking for clarification on Lawson’s ribbing. The directions for the ribbing are to P2, K1 TBL, repeat. I realized that I had never knitted a stitch quite like this before.
TBL stands for “through the back loop.” Knitting or purling through the back loop causes the stitch to be twisted. A unintended twisted stitch can look like a mistake, but when used correctly it can create stitches that stand out with beautiful definition.
Sometimes you knit or purl through the back loop to close a YO, or when increasing with a M1. In this case, you are going to knit and purl through the back loop to create a twisted stitch on purpose.
Grab some needles and yarn and follow along as I demonstrate knit and purl TBL.
I hope this helps in your future projects.