Knitting in the Round – How Do I Love Thee?

December 6, 2006 | By | Reply More

Let me count the ways…..
Actually there are only two. No purling and minimal finishing. It is really that simple.

Because I knit Continental style, knitting is a breeze – fast and easy – but purling is more complicated. So, circular knitting = no purling back across an interminable row.

Just because I don’t like to work thousands of purl stitches across a row, doesn’t mean that I don’t use purl stitches. Some of my favorite stitch patterns are combinations of knit and purl. That’s right – textured and ribbed patterns knit in the round. As long as the pattern has a nice rhythm and is easily memorized, it is much more enjoyable than plain knitting. Lace patterns fall into that group as well.

As for the other reason for my love, I have been known to go to great lengths in the planning stages of a design to ensure as little sewing up as possible. Mostly because I like to be done when I’m done and also because an item finished with that kind of thought seems more of a piece – more whole, I guess.

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