Garter stitch in the round.

MMario's picture

Frequently I see people complaining about garter stitch lace; especially when they are knitting lace shawls in the round. The very thought of purling entire rows seems to make a lot of people blanch. Likewise many people complain about the long purl back rows when doing stockinette knit back and forth.

Now I don't mind purling that much; well, not unless I'm doing a 1 x 1 rib and then more because I can't count. But I've also learned to knit backwards (or purl backwards - depending on how one looks at it)- which means a number of things:

a) when knitting flat I don't turn my work, I just purl back/knit back backwards. It's faster and more convenient then turning and purling, partially because when I "purl" backwards I'm scooping yarn rather then throwing.

b) in the round, I can TURN my work and knit backwards/purl backwards for garter stitch - again faster.

C) when knitting on edges - I don't have to turn the work after each of thsose short rows.

d) it confuses the heck out of people watching my knitting! (added bonus)

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grandcarriage's picture

I sometimes do something

I sometimes do something similar. But I usually call it knitting right handed (traditional direction) or left handed (the other direction). I usually just use this for intarsia, though. I don't mind purling...it's because my knitting/purling technique is symmetrical (if you were looking down from atop the needle) it's just as fast each direction. (I pick traditional direction and throw going left handed...but I'm training myself to pick that direction as well. Cheers,
Bob