Abundance

Life with Fiber and Fiber Arts

Ways of Knitting, Part 2.1- Twist and Shout! March 29, 2010

Filed under: how to,knitting theory — Hannah Cuviello @ 1:53 pm

Well hello again. Guess what! Here is another post in less than a month after the previous post. It’s unheard-of.

In this installment of my “Ways of Knitting” series, I intend to drone on and on about the way we can combine the knitting factors I discussed in Part 1. For a quick review, these factors were:

  1. Whether you enter the stitch through the Front Leg or Back Leg
  2. Whether you wrap your yarn Clockwise or Counter Clockwise

In this post, we will take it up a level and look at how these two factors combine when we are working with rows of Knits and Pearls, i.e. stockinette stitch (back and forth, rather than in the round – it’s more interesting that way).

(Part 4 will deal more with other terminology found in the literature and will refer back to many of the swatches in this post. If you are specifically interested in Easter vs Western vs Combined or Continental vs English, etc, check out part 4).

Here is the chart I will be using to guide my way through the exercise. By the end of this post, I will have filled this chart with pictures of swatches corresponding to the appropriate combinations of knitting techniques.  By the way, I have a life.

For example, to make Swatch 1, I will be knitting into the Front Leg of each stitch on the knit side and wrapping Counter Clockwise. On the purl side, I will also be knitting into the Front Leg and wrapping Counter Clockwise.

But I am getting ahead of myself. I will try not to talk too much at length on each swatch (try), since it is going to get rather repetitive by Swatch 8, however, I will point out some of the interesting things and may comment on the pervasiveness (from my experience) of that particular style. I will not be insulted if you skip all the “blah, blah, blah” and just look at the pretty pictures. Hint: there is a big, filled out chart at the end.

Some of you might also be big dorks. In that case, I highly recommend knitting along with your own swatch.

Swatch 1.

Knit stitches are mounted with Right Legs in Front.

Knit side: Work into the Front Loop and Wrap Counter Clockwise

1. Knit into Front Leg, Wrap Counter Clockwise

This will create a row of purls on the other side that are mounted with the Right Leg in Front (just like the Knit side).

2. Purls mounted with Right Legs in Front

Why is this? Well, when you wrap your working yarn around the needle, whichever direction you choose, the end of the yarn that is attached to the work becomes the Right Leg of the new stitch, then travels over the needle to become the Left Leg (look at your own knitting and try to visualize this). When you wrap Count Clockwise, the yarn travels from below the needle, up across the front of the needle, becoming a Right Leg in Front of the needle. The yarn then travels over the top of the needle and down the back, becoming a Left Leg in Back of the needle. When you turn your work around and look at the purl side, the perspective changes, and what was the Right (Front) leg of the knit stitch becomes the Left (Back) leg of the purl stitch (and vice versa).

Purl Side: Work into the Front Leg and wrap Counter Clockwise (this is square 1, remember).

3. Purl into the Front Leg and wrap Counter Clockwise

Purling a row like this creates a knit row (on the other side) that is mounted in the same way. It all ends up looking like this:

4. Swatch 1

Many of you are probably saying “Hey, that’s what my knitting looks like!” Many of you probably get it in the same way, too. Note: this is regardless of which hand you use to hold and wrap your yarn (that discussion will come in Part 4). Truth be told, most (but definitely not all) of the knitters I know knit this way. I will just stress again: that does not make any other method of knitting any less valid.

OK, moving on. Let’s change one factor and see how it affects the outcome.

Swatch 2.

The knit stitches for this swatch are mounted with the Right Leg in Back and the Left Leg in Front (we will see why later).

5. Knits mounted with Right Leg in Back and Left Leg in Front

Knit side: Work into the Front Leg and Wrap Counter Clockwise (as in Swatch 1)

If you are knitting along, you will notice that this is much harder to do (at lease I find it so) than it was in Swatch 1. The reason is that now we are knitting into the Left Leg, rather than the Right Leg. You may remember from Part 1 of the series that the Left Leg is further back on the needle than the Right Leg. Knitting into the left leg crosses that leg over the Right leg, twisting the stitch.

6. Left Leg crosses over Right Leg

You will end up with purls (on the other side) mounted as they were in Swatch 1. You see, the direction of wrap affects the mount of the stitches on the next row.

Purl side: Purl into the Front Leg and wrap Clockwise.

7. Purl in Front and Wrap Clockwise

Look closely. Remember from the Swatch 1 discussion that the end of the yarn attached to the knitting becomes the Right leg of the new stitch. In Picture 6, the yarn passes behind the needle first, so the Right Leg (of the corresponding Knit stitch on the next row) will be in Back. This is how we get the different and interesting stitch mount on the Knit Row (and why it is harder to knit those stitches through the Front Loop).

Many people actually find this method of purling easier (See Swatch 10 for a very common knitting method that uses this way of working purls).

I most often see this particular combination among newer or self-taught knitters who default to this method of purling without realising the difference. It generally comes to my attention when someone comes to me and asks “Why are my knit stitches so tight?!” Well, there is your answer.

The knitting looks like this:

8. Swatch 2: Knit into Front Leg, wrapping Counter Clockwise, Purl into Front Leg, wrapping Clockwise

Notice that every other row in this swatch is twisted, that is, the legs of the stitch cross each other. This comes from knitting into the Left (Front) legs. This way of knitting also sometimes pops up (without the knitter realizing it) when a person has been knitting in the round for a long time. If the knitter has been making many stockinette stitch bags or hats in the round, there may have been little or no occasion to purl. Any ribbing done in the round would not necessarily present a problem; the knits and purls stack on top of each other, and neither would affect the mount of the other. The purls would be twisted, but they would not be much harder to execute and they would only look different on the Wrong Side.

I worked with a lady once who did not discover that she was purling this way until half-way through a sweater, when she split for the armholes and started knitting back and forth. All of a sudden, ever other row was twisted. I was very excited. Incidentally, the sweater turned out stunning (she ended up altering her purling method for the rest of the project).

Swatch 3:

The knit stitches for this swatch will be mounted as they were for Swatch 1, with the Right Leg in front of the needle.

Knit Side: Work into the Front Leg and Wrap Counter Clockwise (as in Swatches 1 and 2. I know it’s getting tedious, but there is just one more swatch with this knitting method to go.)

The Purl stitches in this swatch are mounted as they have been in all the previous swatches, with the Right Leg in front.

Purl Side: Knit into the Back Leg and wrap Counter Clockwise.

Purling into the back leg is a little tricky, so here is a picture to with it:

9. Purl into the Back Leg of the stitch

I always struggle with how to describe this to people. Anything directional seems too subjective, and what makes sense to me will often not make sense to another person. I would describe the movement of the needle in this picture as starting behind the back leg of the stitch and coming out in front of the Front leg. I invite you to describe it in whatever way makes sense to you. However you describe it, it’s a little tricky to do.

Remember that the purl stitches in this swatch are mounted with the Left leg in back, so you are purling into the Left Leg. We have determined before that whenever you work into the Left leg, the stitches will be…

10. Swatch 3, Knit into Front leg, wrapping Counter Clockwise; Purl into Back leg, wrapping Counter Clockwise.

…twisted on every other row (the knit rows are not twisted).  Compare this with Picture 8 (Swatch 2). In Swatch 2, the stitches are twisted with the Left leg crossing over the Right leg; in this swatch, the Right Leg crosses over the Left leg. Actually, if you think about how this particular twisted stitch is formed, it might be better described as the Left leg crossing under the Right leg. I have never met anyone who actually knits like this. I have never even seen it happen on accident.

Swatch 4.

The knit stitches will be mounted with the Left leg in front. Since out knitting style has not changed yet and we are knitting into the Front (Left) leg, we know what the Knit rows are going to look like.

Knit Side: Work into the Front Leg and Wrap Counter Clockwise (this is the last swatch with this knitting style, so enjoy it.)

The purl stitches are still mounted with the Right legs in Front, as they have been all along. You can probably guess the generalizations that I will be drawing at the end of this section…

Purl Side: Purl into the Back Leg and wrap Clockwise.

I consider this the most unpleasant combination of knitting techniques. On both the knit and purl sides, you are working into the Left Leg of the stitch, twisting it. Let’s look at the swatch.

11. Knit into the Front leg, wrapping Counter Clockwise, Purl into the Back leg, wrapping Clockwise.

As you can see, the stitches are twisted on every row, but in alternate directions. It’s actually kind of pretty in person, although I would never consider it worth the trouble.

Well, column 1 (cells 1-4) of the chart is finished. It’s so exciting!

12. Column 1 complete

Hmmm… the picture in the final chart won’t be so smushed. What have we learned so far?

The mount of the purl stitches has remained the same through all four swatches, as has the method we used on the knit rows. The mount of the knit stitches, however, changed between swatches 1 and 2, as well as between swatches 3 and 4.

This is because the direction of wrapping determines the mount of the next row.

Knitting into the Left leg, however, affects the look of the row that has just been knit.

Column 2

Swatch 5:

Knit stitches are mounted with the Right leg in front

Knit Side: We are finally shaking the knits up a bit. Knit into the Front (right) leg as before, but wrap Clockwise this time. I know it’s been awhile since we wrapped any other way while knitting, so here is a picture:

Based on what we have discussed so far, you should be able to predict the difference this will make in your knitting.

Did you guess that your purl stitches will be mounted differently? You deserve a cookie! (hmmm…I think I deserve a cookie too…).

13. Knit into the Front loop, wrapping Clockwise

Your purl stitches will now be mounted with the Left Leg in front of the needle.

Purl Side: Purl into the Front Leg, wrapping Counter Clockwise (as in Swatch 1).

Does it feel a little funny? You are now purling into the Left leg in front of the needle (which we have not done in any of the previous swatches, since the Left leg has always been in back of the needle).

(There is no picture here, because I couldn’t get this picture to upload. But you’re all knitting along, right? So you can just look at your own knitting.)

As you purl into the Left leg, notice how it crosses over the Right (back) leg at the base.

Compare this to Swatch 3 (Picture 9) where the Left leg crosses under the Right leg. Both stitches are twisted, but they twist in opposite directions. You can also compare end products, Picture 14 compared to Picture 10.

14. Swatch 5; Knit into the Front Leg, wrapping Clockwise, purl into the Front leg, wrapping Counter Clockwise. Twisted only on the Purl rows.

Swatch 6:

Knit stitches are mounted with the Left Leg in Front of the needle.

Knit Side: Knit into the Front (right) leg as before, wrapping Clockwise (for this and two more swatches).

This yields a different result than it did in Swatch 5, since we start out with differently mounted Knits. Knitting into the Front Leg here causes the Left leg to cross over the right leg, as it did in Swatch 2.

Purl Side: Purl into the Front Leg, wrapping Clockwise.

These purl stitches feel and look like the ones we just did (wrapping a different way, of course). As in Swatch 5, the Left leg of the Purl stitches cross over the Right leg, leading to…

15. Swatch 6, Knit into the Front Leg, wrapping Clockwise; Purl into the Front Leg, wrapping Clockwise

…a twist on every row, in the same direction. I think this fabric is lovely. One of my favorite aspects of this knitting is that, when stretched, the stitches pull tighter, rather than opening up, as untwisted stitches do.

16. Swatch 6, stretched

Many patterns call for a hem facing to be knit in twisted stitch (0r twisted rib) to help the garment hold its shape. It is important to note, though, that these stitches lie on a bias, though it is a little difficult to see in this picture. This is especially important if you are knitting in the round, since the beginning of your round at the bottom of your piece will not necessarily line up with the beginning of your round many rows later. (I have seen socks turn out very interesting because of this phenomenon.)

Swatch 7:

We will be wrapping counter clockwise on the purl side, which means that our knit stitches will sit with the Right Leg in Front.

Knit side: Knit into the Front Leg, wrapping clockwise.

So far, our knitting is not twisted, and the purls are sitting with the Right Leg in back and the Left Leg in front.

Purl Side: Purl into the Back Leg, wrapping Counter Clockwise.

We have purled into the Back Legs previously, in swatches 3 and 4, however you should notice that this time it is considerably easier.

17. Purl into Back (Right) leg

This is because, as you can see in the picture, we are purling into the Right leg, which is in Back, instead of into the Left leg, as we were in swatches 3 and 4.

Untwisted purls combined with the untwisted knits we just made give us…

18. Swatch 7; Knit into the Front Leg, wrapping Clockwise; Purl into the Back Leg, wrapping Counter Clockwise.

…totally untwisted knitting, like we had in Swatch 1. I have only met one person so far who knit like this, although it doesn’t seem at all an unnatural way to knit. It’s actually the opposite of Combination knitting, which we will see in Swatch 10 and discuss in Part 4.

Swatch 8:

We are now at the last swatch of column 2, our knits are mounted with the Right Leg in Back and I fear that our official half-way there swatch will be a little anti-climactic.

Knit Side: Knit into the Front Leg, wrapping clockwise. (For the last time…)

These stitches will be twisted, as they were in Swatch 6.

Purl side: Purl into the Back loop, wrapping Clockwise.

These stitches will be untwisted, as they were in the previous swatch.

19. Swatch 8: Knit into the Front Leg, wrapping Clockwise; Purl into the back Leg, wrapping clockwise.

As I said, a little anti-climactic. I have to confess, I always find the twisted-every-other row swatches a little less exciting than the totally twisted or totally untwisted swatches.

To make up for that, though, here is another chart!

20. Columns 1 and 2 complete. Half-way there!

We are certainly very much half-way there. At this point, though, I have been sitting at my computer for far too long a time and so, I imagine, have you. I am going to get up, have some supper and knit for a while. I will return “shortly” (for me, that is within a week) with Part 2.2 and the last 8 ways of knitting. I will also be changing yarn colors, because I am so very tired of blue stitches!

Take care, everyone, and happy knitting!

 

Ways Of Knitting-Part 1 (Introduction to stitch mount) March 22, 2010

Well, it has been about a month and a half since my last post. The generous among you may assume that I am a very busy lady; that will last just as long as it takes you to read this next post (or rather series of posts), at which time you will doubtlessly conclude that I have no life at all. I do have a life, by the way. I do. really. Plus, I’ve been working lots on the new website; putting new yarns on our Stash Sale page. Oh boy!

The other reason for my long absence is that, once I became determined to write a post on “Different Ways of Knitting”, I found myself saddled with a “hole to China” topic.  It goes like this: I decide to dig a hole. I dig a bit, but then I just find more dirt, so I keep digging. More dirt. Keep digging. Repeat ad nauseum until bam! I come out the other side in China. (Actually, from where I’m starting, I would most likely end up in the ocean several hundred miles South of Madagascar, but that’s beside the point).  What I mean to say is that I had an idea for a topic, but every time I introduced a term or concept, I felt the need to fully explain it with pictures and drawings, until what I had was a very large, unwieldy blog post. Better to split it up into nice, manageable chunks and dole it out at intervals. Here is the breakdown:

1. Introduction to stitch mount. There are different ways that your stitches can sit on your needles and, it turns out, these are rather important to the final look of your project. This section will discuss the factors that determine your stitch mount (how you enter the stitch and  which way you wrap the yarn).

2. Twist and Shout! While part one will focus mostly on a single stitch, part two will look at how your stitch mount affects the fabric as a whole. There are a total of 16 different combinations of the factors I mentioned above (once you include whether you are knitting or purling). I have swatched them all and I am prepared to write at length about each (seriously).

3. Why We Care. I feel very strongly that there is no wrong way to knit. There are, however, different ways, and these differences affect the look of the finished project. I have also found that patterns assume a particular way of knitting, so it is helpful for those who may knit differently to be aware of what differences are important. One of the most important differences concerns the use of decreases.  Oh boy, oh boy!

4. Throwing, Picking and all that other stuff. This section will cover more general knitting styles, concerning itself with how knitters hold their yarn. I will also take the opportunity to discuss the distinction between left-handed knitters and Left Handed Knitting.

There may be more after that. We’ll see.

“No. Not too much. We’ve still got a looong way to go.”

(Never Ending Story quote, BTW)

Let’s start with the stitch. (Hey, this sounds familiar…)

It may be helpful to follow along with knitting in your hands. I, personally, have a hard time just visualizing this stuff.

1. Your basic stitch; it's just a loop, really.

2. A loop with a left leg and a right leg.

Your stitch has a Left Leg and a Right Leg. When the stitch sits on a needle, it can sit with either the Left leg in front or the Right leg in front. That is “Stitch Mount”.

OK. Post over. Have a good day.

Just kidding. I have an overabundance of pictures to go along with this concept. For example….

3. Right Leg in Front

This is what it looks like when the Right leg of the stitch is in front of the needle. This also just happens to be what my stitches look like and the what most patterns assume your stitches look like. Note that this is what the stitch looks like on the left hand needle, that is, before you have knit it (unless you are knitting Left Handed, but we will get into that much later.) I will not be discussing how the stitches look on the right hand needle. That’s just too much, even for me.

4. Left Leg in Front of Needle

Now for the alternative. Many people knit so that the Left Leg of their stitch is in front of the needle. This is a perfectly normal and acceptable way for the stitches to be.

Now, just in case the distinction is not yet totally clear, I have more pictures. Always explain things in more than one way; that’s what I strive to do.

So let’s pretend that our stitch is a little guy. A cowboy, perhaps.

5. "Jest coll me Stee-uch."

Our little Cowboy sits on the needle. Hmmm…

6. Cowboy on a needle. Hmmm, maybe not.

We’d better make it a horse.

7. On a horse (needle) with Left leg in front.

For purposes of describing the cowboy, we will refer to his Right and Left legs from our perspective, not his. In Picture 7, therefore, the cowboy’s “Left” leg is on the side of the horse closest to us and the cowboy is facing forward.

Compare to Picture 8 below.

8. Cowboy facing away.

In this picture, the cowboy’s “Right” leg is on the side of the horse nearest us, and he is facing away. (Or we could draw in eyes and he would be facing backwards, either way.)  To avoid the confusion about Right/Left legs and perspective when using the cowboy analogy, I usually refer to the stitches as facing towards me or facing away. I invite the people out there to use whatever terminology they prefer.

Well, what do these cowboys look like in real life?

9. Cowboys facing away.

They look decidedly less “Old West” and much more knitable.

In Picture 9, you can see that the Right Leg of the stitch is on the side of the needle facing the knitter, while the Left Leg is on the far side of the needle.

Below is the alternative.

10. Howdy, cowboys!

Now, the Left Leg of the stitch is on the near side of the needle, while the Right Leg is on the far side.  In general, and for the rest of this post, I will refer to whichever leg is on the near side of the needle as the Front Leg and whichever leg is on the far side of the needle as the Back Leg. This will be important. Note another difference between these two stitch mounts. The Right leg is always a little further forward on the needle than the left leg (because it is coming out of the right side of the stitch below). When the Right leg is in front of the needle, as in Picture 9, the Front (Right) leg is further forward on the needle, but in Picture 10, where the Right leg is in back of the needle, the Back (still Right) leg is further forward.

These concepts also apply to purl stitches.

11. Purl Stitch, Right Leg in Front

12. Purl Stitch, Left Leg in Front

OK. Vocab/Concept review.

Right Leg/Left Leg – self explanatory (remember, from your perspective, not the stitch’s)

Front Leg- The leg that is on the side of the needle nearest the knitter (can be right or left).

Back Leg- The leg that is on the side of the needle furthest from the knitter (can be right or left).

Forward Leg- The leg that is furthest forward (closest to the tip) on the needle. Always the Right Leg, but it can be either in Back or in Front.

Stitch Mount- Which way (Left or Right leg in front) your stitches sit on your horse needle.

Cowboy- Another name for a stitch.

Now, my friends, we are ready to move on. Deep Breath…

There are two things that affect the mount of your stitches and the overall look of your fabric.

1. Whether you insert the needle into the Front Leg of the stitch or the Back Leg when you knit or purl.

2. The direction in which you wrap your yarn when knit or purl.

Guess what! I have more pictures!

Let’s start with number 1.

13. Knitting into the front leg (in this case, the Right Leg)

When knitting, the Knitter can insert the needle into the Front Leg of the stitch, as in Picture 13, …

…or into the Back Leg of the stitch, as in Picture 14.

14. Knit into the Back Leg

There are several things of note in Picture 14.

1. The Right leg of the stitch is the Front Leg (and Left is the Back; the same is true for picture 13).

2. The Front (right) Leg is further forward on the needle.

3. The needle is being inserted under the Back (Left/further back) leg.

4. The legs are crossed at the base. This is called a Twisted Stitch. Compare that to Picture 13, where the legs of the stitch are open (untwisted) at the base.

Many patterns call for twisted stitches (for reasons I will discuss in a later post), and this is how they generally expect you to get it. In fact, patterns will often not say outright that they want a twisted stitch. Instead, they will just say “Knit 1 to the Back Loop (tbl)”.  The problem is that Knitting into the back loop does not always yield a twisted stitch.

15. Knit tbl, but it's not twisted.

In picture 15, I am knitting into the Back Leg, but in this case

1) The Right Leg is in Back (like the stitches in Pics 4, 7 and 10)

2) The Back Leg is further forward

3) The legs are not twisted at the base.

Therefore, if you are the kind of lovely knitter whose stitches sit with the Right leg to the back of the needle (cowboys facing you) and who knits into the back leg as a matter of course, knitting a stitch tbl may not give you the desired effect. Instead, you may want to knit into the Front Leg (Picture 16).

16. Knit into Front Leg, twisting

Note that, in Picture 16, the Left Leg is in Front, and knitting into the Front Leg yields a twisted stitch.

Summary:

If your stitches sit with the Right Leg in Front, knitting into the Back Leg should yield a twisted stitch.

If your stitches sit with the Left Leg in the Front, knitting into the Front Leg should yield a twisted stitch.

In other words, knitting into the Right Leg will yield an untwisted stitch. Knitting into the Left Leg will yield a twisted stitch.

Now, you may be asking, “What about the Purl stitches?!”

Well, those, too can be worked (purled) into either the Front or the Back Leg.

Most people, when they learn how to purl, naturally want to purl into the Front Leg, as in picture 17.

17. Purling into the Front Leg

Admittedly, this is not a great picture. I am trusting that enough people have seen it done that I’m OK here. Purling into the Back Leg, however, is a little more difficult to visualize.

18. Purling into the Back Leg

In Picture 18, the Right Leg is to the Front (it’s hard to see, but trust me; also look at the other stitches on the needle, you can sort of tell there)  and I am purling into the Left Leg. This stitch will be twisted. If the stitch were mounted so that the Left Leg was in the front, and I was purling into the Right Leg…

19. Purling into the Back Leg, Right Leg in Back

…the stitch would not be twisted. This is also much easier to do. Whenever I have met a knitter who naturally purls to the Back Leg, their stitches have been mounted with the Right Leg in back. I’m not saying this is always the way. It has just been my experience.

Now we are ready to move on the second factor that affects stitch mount (and perhaps affects it more immediately than which leg you work into). Let’s look at how we wrap our yarn.

There are two directions in which the yarn can travel around the needle. I struggled for a long time over how to describe these ways. Things like “from the back, over the top” and “from the back under the bottom” ended up being a little too subjective for many knitters I have worked with. I have finally settled on describing direction of wrapping as Clockwise or Counter Clockwise (when looking at the tip of the needle).

Here is an example:

Whenever I knit or purl, I wrap the yarn Counter Clockwise, which looks like this:

20. Wrapping Counter Clockwise

See it?

21. Really, Counter-Clockwise

How about now?

The alternative, of course is wrapping Clockwise.

22. Wrapping Clockwise

Once again, the purls can be a little harder to visualize, so here are pictures of each. Really, Clockwise and Counter Clockwise look totally different in the purl stitch.

23. Purl wrap, Counter Clockwise

24. Purl Wrap, Clockwise

Many people find it easier to purl by wrapping Clockwise, rather than Counter Clockwise, even if they knit by wrapping Counter Clockwise. Because the direction of wrapping determines the mount of the stitches on the next row, this way of knitting leads to an interesting situation where the stitch mount on the knit side is different from the stitch mount on the purl side (it is actually a very common way of knitting, which I will discuss at length later).

Well, I have officially fulfilled all the promises I made about the “Intro to Stitch Mount” post. Here is a summary of what we have covered, with Vocab Words and important concepts in bold:

  1. Stitches have a Right Leg and a Left Leg
  2. Either leg (Right or Left) can be in Front of the needle (Front Leg) or in Back of the needle (Back Leg)
  3. The Right leg, whether it is in front or back, is further forward on the needle (closer to the tip).
  4. The Knitter can knit or purl into the Front Leg or into the Back Leg (tbl).
  5. When the Knitter works into the Right Leg (whether it is Front or Back), the result will be an untwisted stitch.
  6. Working into the Left Leg (whether it is in Front or Back), will yield a Twisted Stitch.
  7. Most patterns assume that the stitches sit with the Right Legs in Front. When they want a twisted stitch, they say “Knit one to the Back Loop” (Ktbl) This does not work for everyone, and that’s OK. (I will discuss other significant extensions of this idea in Part 3.
  8. When working a stitch (either Knit or Purl), the Knitter can wrap the yarn around the needle either Clockwise or Counter Clockwise. This choice affects the mount of the stitches on the next row.

Are you full yet? Well, I’m getting pretty close to empty for the moment. Here, however, is a sneak peek at what’s to come:

There are two ways to wrap yarn (Clockwise and Counter Clockwise) and two ways enter a stitch (Front Loop or Back Loop) and two kinds of stitches (Knit and Purl). This gives us 16 different permutations, 16 different ways of knitting (stockinette stitch, at least).

In Part 2, I will discuss these permutations, point out the ones that are most common, and (more importantly) show you what they look like and why they look like that. Oh Boy, Oh Boy! (right? I’m sure there is someone out there as excited about this as I am…)

Until then, Happy (and informed) Knitting!