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« on: November 19, 2010 01:46:21 PM »

Hello eager knitters!
I'm semi-new to knitting. I mean, i learnt the basics years ago, but at the moment, I'm starting to get deeper into things. And i'm extremely curious about all the textures that you can create using different stitches. Even very easy ones like seed stitch.
So I was wondering, what are your favourite stitches? Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2010 09:02:12 PM »

I find knit/purl combinations like seed, ribbing or moss too tedious. I knit a lot of lace patterns but I don't have a 'favorite' stitch, just lace in general.

« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2010 12:34:12 PM »

The newest one I've learned, and my current favorite, is linen stitch - makes really cool texture and woven-looking fabric that is dense - I used it for a baby's bib that should be practically impervious to leaks.

The reverse side is nice, too!

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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2010 12:40:21 PM »

Cables! I prefer braided and traveling cables to rope cables, but cables in general are so awesome  Grin

Of the knit/purl stitch variety, I really enjoy the look of seed stitch, but it can be very tedious to actually knit up.

I also prefer the look of twisted ribbing than traditional ribbing.
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2010 05:18:06 AM »

yeah, linen stitch also looks interesting. thanks for the link. i'm definitely gonna try this soon.

cables are also really nice, but i found it quite difficult to work with this extra needle (and me being not a frequent knitter). Wink
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2010 11:55:06 AM »

I love the look of linen stitch but find it very boring to knit (same with seed stitch).

I like what I think is called sand stitch, it wasn't named in the book I learned it from, it was just used as the field for a closed loop cable medallion I was knitting. This is also the wrong side of what I have seen called broken rib, mistake rib, or mock rib (depending on source).

To knit it flat, cast on a multiple of 2+1:
Row 1: *k1, p1* k1
Row 2: knit

In the round, cast on a multiple of 2:
Row 1: k1, p1
Row 2: purl

If you knit the second row in the round rather than purling you will end up knitting whatever you are making inside out, which is a good way to avoid purling rows if you don't mind working something that you have to turn right side out at the end.

I've made a few hats in Sailor's Rib and have toyed with the idea of using it on a basic sweater pattern since it will flow nicely from a ribbing that just repeats rows 1 & 2.

To knit it flat, cast on a multiple of 5+1:
Row 1: *k1tbl, p1, k2, p1* k1tbl
Row 2: *p1tbl, k1, p2, k1* p1tbl
Row 3: *k1tbl, p4* k1tlb
Row 4: *p1tbl, k4* p1tbl

In the round, cast on a multiple of 5:
Rows 1 & 2: k1tbl, p1, k2, p1
Rows 3 & 4: k1tbl, p4
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