Which Do You Prefer?
When it comes to knitted fabric, which do you prefer? The knit side or the purl side? Do stripes affect your choice?
Knitters and Non-Knitters – Which Do You Prefer?
For striped garments, my experience has been that most knitters prefer to see the knit-side of plain knitting. And non-knitters prefer the purl-side.
Purl Soho put out a simple cowl pattern called the Newsprint Cowl. It’s a circularly knit tube with two rows of light color yarn and one row of dark color. And they seem to show that the reverse stockinette side (or the purl-side) is the correct public-facing side.
First of all, I think the colors that they chose make both sides look like newsprint. Especially with the 2:1 ratio of stripes.
Further, the garment is loose and long enough that both sides show when it’s worn anyway. And they also tag this as a reversible garment.
Finally, the 2:1 ratio of light-to-dark stripes also evens out the distribution of purl-bump rows on the purl-side.
It appears as though there is a single row of each color when viewed on the purl-side. Which blends the colors. Even though these colors are relatively high-contrast. Note how the striping is evident on the knit-side of the fabric.
Jamie McCanless brought this pattern to my attention in a Zoom meetup. He also modified the pattern by doing i-cord edging at the top and bottom. Finally, he striped using helical knitting instead of jog/carrying unused yarn up the inside (or the outside if you wear it as indicated). Both adjustments were very useful.
So choose people. Knit-side or purl-side.
To be fair, knitters already call this “stockinette” and “reverse stockinette.” Or even more biased language as the “right-side” and the “wrong-side” of their knitting. Whereas non-knitters are unfettered by semantics. They only evaluate based on visual aesthetics.
Latest knitting is based on comments from Amy about making child-sized gaitors or cowls.
The Snug Cowl-Gaitor is a simple tube of striped stockinette with i-cord edging on top. I used the concept of the Newsprint Cowl and stole both of Jamie’s great ideas on making it better.
It’s also done in worsted-weight instead of fingering-weight. And it’s only knit on 88 stitches instead of hundreds.