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Old 07-14-2013, 01:47 PM   #1
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Welp, no one warned me about THIS.
So I just bought my very first pair of circular needles yesterday. I love them. Everything about them. They are literally my new favorite thing. I want to bury myself in infinity scarves and snoods and afghan squares, as far as the eye can see, because these things are FUN.

Wanting to get accustomed to them, I sat down last night and decided I'd make something easy--a garter stitch snood. I have a friend who lives in Vermont who'd just love something toasty for the winter. So I'm sitting, and stitching, and drinking margaritas, when I realize...something is amiss.

My edges are curling. My stitches, they're V'ing.

Somehow, my garter stitch has magically transformed into a stockinette stitch and I HAVE NO IDEA HOW.

I confer with my houseguests, neither of which knit. They too are at a loss. I try not to dwell, and continue to knit. But it nags at me. It takes two episodes of Xena before I realize what's happening to me.

My piece isn't being reversed like it would be on straight needles. I am relieved to have solved the mystery, but it is short lived, for now I have two inches of curly snood I can't bring myself to frog.

Still bloody love these needles though.



The terror that stalked me in the night--the sinister stockinette.
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Old 07-14-2013, 01:55 PM   #2
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A mystery Shelock Holmes might have taken on, The Case of the Sinister Stockinette. It's good you sleuthed it out. Now, do you want to know how to do garter in the round without purling? Here's a video.
KNITFreedom - How To Knit Garter Stitch In The Round Without Purling

You could pick up and knit on the cast on edge of the part you decided you can't/won't frog. You could do ribbing or something on both edges.

I've used only circs for a while and the other day picked up some straight needles because they were handy. Awkward! They were just too clumsy to work with comfortably.
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:02 PM   #3
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A mystery Shelock Holmes might have taken on, The Case of the Sinister Stockinette.
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
A mystery Shelock Holmes might have taken on, The Case of the Sinister Stockinette. It's good you sleuthed it out. Now, do you want to know how to do garter in the round without purling? Here's a video.
KNITFreedom - How To Knit Garter Stitch In The Round Without Purling

You could pick up and knit on the cast on edge of the part you decided you can't/won't frog. You could do ribbing or something on both edges.

I've used only circs for a while and the other day picked up some straight needles because they were handy. Awkward! They were just too clumsy to work with comfortably.
That video is going to be priceless for future reference. I don't know how to pick back up on my cast-on after the fact, though. That sounds like some very, very handy information to have though--do you have any videos for that? o:

I've only used these for a night and I already can't imagine using anything ese. They are SO comfortable. Plus the pair I bought were super sharp and I spent like 15 minutes poking myself with them when I got home because I was just so pumped about how cleanly they were going to pick up the yarn. :P
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:21 PM   #5
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For some reason this page is displaying weirdly and the ends of lines are cut off. I even closed Firefox and reopened it to see if that would help, but no. Anyhow, I think you want to know if there is a video for Pick Up and Knit. Yes, there is one on this site and lots on youtube. It is good to know how to do it.
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Unless you're doing some special technique you knit all rows to get garter stitch when knitting flat and you knit a round then purl a round to get garter stitch in the round.

I'm getting a weird format off and on, too.
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I'm getting a weird layout in some screens, but not others. Weird. :l
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It's back to normal for me. Sheldon must be playing with code again.
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Yep, it creates stockinette, because you are always knitting on the same side. You never turn to the back. The reason "stockinette" is called stockinette, is because of stockings. They were knit in the round on double points, which made this smooth fabric for socks. It's sometimes called "stocking net".
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It's sometimes called "stocking net".
It's called stocking stitch too, I think that's British.

So was garter stitch used for garters?
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