You can transfer stitches from either bed to the other. Transfering is used a lot to create texture stitches, shaping and bind-offs. In order to transfer a stitch, it's important that the needles are sitting directly across one another. Read more about needle bed positions here.
For the purpose of this explanation, we want to transfer a stitch from the front bed to the back.
F = Needle on the front bed
B = Needle on the back bed
- The stitch is held by F.
- F moves up, the stitch it holds slides over the latch.
- B moves up, its hook is inserted in the transfer spring of F.
- F slides back down, the stitch is caught by B's hook.
- As F slides down, B's hook is released from the transfer spring through the opening in the front.
- The stitch is now held by B
Watch a video of a transfer here.