A little bit of this and, a little bit of that, makes a little bit of me.

New Direction


No-Purl Garter Stitch…no jogging In-The-Round (aka spiraling)…no wrap-&-turn short-row…yet another trick to try in my copious spare time (right?!) This isn’t about Grumperina’s helix technique, but, rather my in-depth study of Shetland lace knitting. In Shetland shawls, first knitted–back and forth–is the garter-row, squared center, followed by picking up stitches around two side borders.

There is no purling in the knitting. Nothing’s intrinsically wrong with purling, really. I actually don’t mind it one bit and don’t get tiresome regardless how many stitches in a round. Only time I had an issue with was knitting the sleeves here in a round with purling background, in fine gauge and tiny needles, I ended up with noticeable lathering (to me, of course.)

All started out from a single what-if?  Two balls…going in opposite directions as I did a portion in the last dreamy, swirl coat.

Yarn-overs and tension are both tidy–not loose–and without discernible or wonky seam. I could hardly spot the turn line from a galloping horse. As shown in my first humble-looking play, this trick isn’t limited to shawl knitting. It may actually present a solution to knitters who never purled or displeased with wrap-&-turn short-row alternative. Do you avoid purling?

Wish I could find more time to finagle this deceptively simple, after-thought toe and cuff sock…I am feeling uncertain of the design. Interesting? Yes. Love it? Not exactly. It’s time to pack for a spring-break road trip to the valley and Portland. How are you celebrating spring’s arrival?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)

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Comments on: "New Direction" (2)

  1. Intriguing and lovely Sarah ! I admit, I do sort-of avoid purling…but my aim is to not reinforce that if I can, and to purt *more* rather than less, so it won’t inhibit my knitting in general. I am amazed with Modern Knitting and all the tricks which are abound at every turn ! Spring? Um, it snowed on Saturday !!!! 🙂

    • Only time I “avoid” purling is in a large-size project where I need to change position to avoid potential cramp from pure knitting or any form of entrelac, modular, or intarsia. All the Modern Knitting and tricks are just un-venting but written in more layman language that we modern folks can comprehend LOL

      It’s definitely springtime here…load of rain! I can’t wait to see and smell–scented pleasantly–beautiful buds for months to come.

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