Could You Change?
Having taught myself to knit over 30 years ago, I was presented with a question on Facebook this past weekend. Would I be able to change how I knit?
Magic 8-Ball Might Have it Right
First of all I have never been very good at pattern stitches requiring me to switch back and forth between purling and knitting within a row. Especially when it’s every other stitch. Ribbing and seed stitch are my least favorite stitches.
I have tried switching from my way of knitting (which is an odd combination of English and Continental techniques). Despite how close I already am to Continental style knitting, I still can’t seem to switch over completely to Continental knitting (and purling). I find the tensioning troublesome and by the end of a row of knitting, I am just ITCHING to go back to my regular way.
Then someone describe Portuguese knitting (and purling).
I’ve heard of Portuguese knitting before. I may have even tried it in the past. But since I don’t have difficulty with how I knit, it didn’t hold much appeal. Until I realized Portuguese purling might make my knitting life way easier since the yarn is always held to the front of the work.
I’m going to try it out! Either with a swatch or with a new project.
Someone mentioned that a knitter they knew had to stop knitting because of arthritis. But when they tried Portuguese knitting, they could do it again.
I’m wondering if faced with being unable to knit as you currently do, could you change?
After the first Frankensock was finished, I had a couple of false starts and then was able to finish cranking the second sock.
It had minimal dropped/missed stitches, so I will be grafting the toe and wearing them happily. I really like how using the contrasting color heel and toe make the sock more of a match than they might otherwise be.
I also re-started work on the Tilt Cardigan.
I’m on the last sleeve. After that, it’s just the button band and collar. But I just had to put this one down for a while. Stranded knitting on the purl side is not my favorite. But I really can’t wait to wear this sweater when it’s finished.