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Old 07-15-2013, 09:33 AM   #11
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So was garter stitch used for garters?
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:37 AM   #12
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Shandeh, I'm serious! Now I think I have to pout. I've really wondered about that. It made sense that smooth stockinette was for stockings, probably those leggings things men wore, but where did the name garter stitch come from. Anyone know? I don't even know where to find out. :(
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:42 AM   #13
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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".
I LOVE tidbits like this. And I'm glad my theory was correct, I feel so much better about this sinister stockinette now.

I too wonder about the origin of the garter stitch now. ;P
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:50 AM   #14
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OK, I'm done pouting now.

I figured out at some point that if you want to see it on the RS of something knit in the round, you have to purposely put it there, not think about the back of the stitch showing. It's not hard, once you understand what's going on. Until then it can be difficult to grasp. Patterns written for flat knitting can be converted, some of them can be a little more challenging than others. For people who use charts I guess charting it makes it clear. I've used only one chart and it was very, very simple.
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:03 AM   #15
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The Garter Stitch
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In her book Knitting for Dummies Pam Allen traces the history of the garter stitch back the 1500s "when hand-knit stockings were a major industry in England." Garter stitch was worked on the top of the stocking "where it needed to expand for the thigh."
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So they used garter stitch where I would use ribbing and some increases along the way. Interesting. Thanks, Claire!
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Originally Posted by claireweber View Post
In her book Knitting for Dummies Pam Allen traces the history of the garter stitch back the 1500s "when hand-knit stockings were a major industry in England." Garter stitch was worked on the top of the stocking "where it needed to expand for the thigh."
Hey! It WAS a garter! To hold up the stocking. Interesting!
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:16 PM   #18
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Mystery solved. Two mysteries solved, Sinister Stockinette and The Genesis of Garter Stitch.

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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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Hey! It WAS a garter! To hold up the stocking. Interesting!
Just to reassure anyone who thought I was serious, I wasn't pouting. I can see why my comment would have been funny.


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I was going to delete the extra quotes that showed up in preview, but I'm leaving them in case it becomes of interest. I was only intending to quote Shandeh and I am pretty sure I didn't click to quote anyone else. Another mystery.
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:50 PM   #19
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I was only intending to quote Shandeh and I am pretty sure I didn't click to quote anyone else. Another mystery.
It looks like you clicked the "quote+" button by accident on those other messages. The Quote+ button allows you to quote several messages. Just click Quote+ on each message you want to quote, then click "Reply", and all those quotes will appear.
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Originally Posted by Shandeh View Post
It looks like you clicked the "quote+" button by accident on those other messages. The Quote+ button allows you to quote several messages. Just click Quote+ on each message you want to quote, then click "Reply", and all those quotes will appear.

I guess that must be what happened. I'm finding the pages aren't loading right again and lines are getting cut off. Anyhow, I think you're right, I clicked the mult-quote button without realizing it. It's been a long day.
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