Most knitters if they heard the following knitting mantra:
“purl off, knit on, knit off, purl on”
They’d immediately recognize that someone was doing the Kitchener stitch.
Do You Use A Knitting Mantra?
The first time I use a repeating stitch pattern, I almost always speak the instructions aloud as I do them. This also goes for color work.
It takes a while for my hands to memorize a specific stitch pattern. My Cross Hatch Scarf pattern is a perfect example.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a pretty simple stitch pattern. The repeat is YO, SL1K, K2, PSSO 2 K sts. Unfortunately, it’s close enough to other stitch patterns, that it took a while for my hands to not replace the 2 K sts with a K2Tog.
So I found myself speaking the repeat to myself as I did it.
I typically shorten the terms so speaking them doesn’t slow me down. Yarn Over, gets shortened to Over. Slip One gets shortened to Slip.
It’s not often that I find knitting to be meditative or calming. But I do find the incessant repeating of a stitch pattern to have that effect on me. In fact, I could watch this embedded video as an ASMR calming video.
Anyone else do something similar? Any variations on the technique?
- I’m bummed to realize I don’t have enough of one of the colors in the Ensign Brook DK yarn to finish the cardigan. I could have sworn I had a ton of the tan color yarn. I’ll consider un-knitting the sleeve ribbing to see if that will give me enough. But for now, I’m annoyed with that project.
- I’ve been doing a little work on the second Cross Hatch Scarf (see below).
- Enjoying the stitch pattern for the Cross Hatch Scarf as much as I am, I started a new project on US00 needles. If it works out, I’ll tell you more about it.
I may end up just contacting Karin at Ensign Brook to see if she has something similar in color. In fact, I may just wait until September when I see her at the North East Men’s Fall Knitting Retreat at Easton Mountain.