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Sometimes, Boring is Good

Miles and miles of stockinette. At each step, once I work out all the equations, it’s just knit knit knit and purl purl purl. Where does the time go?

boring sweater

People talk about being “stranded on Sleeve Island” or knitting into a black hole. But if you’re in the mood for something unchallenging, a big ol’ stockinette sweater is just the thing. Almost as good as a garter stitch color block scarf. (You have to do math for the sweater… but you have to make color decisions for the scarf. It’s a trade-off.)

I will be sad when it’s done, and I have to find something else to knit.

By the way. In this ultra-close-up picture you can see that the sleeve is suffering from my occasional problem with rowing out. This happens when the alternating rows (knit vs purl) are slightly different tension.

There are a ton of tricks to fix rowing out. But in my experience so far, blocking pretty much takes care of the problem.

5 comments to Sometimes, Boring is Good

  • I could probably use some stockinette right about now!

  • two silver cats

    I never knew this had a name! I always thought it was just me.

    My first sweater effort was stockinette, and it was back when I didn’t really have the proper hand positioning (nor really any idea what I was doing at all), so ALL of my purl stitches are twisted. That’s right– every other row is twisted. It looks so horrible to me now (but of course at the time I thought it looked great).

  • dorothy

    LOL. Two Silver Cats. I had similar issues. Only I was wrapping the knit stitches the wrong direction so they were the twisted ones. But I didn’t realize that direction was significant so sometimes I wrapped the right way — therefore it was chaotic what was happening. I couldn’t figure out why my stockinette looked so bad, so I knit my first sweater in garter stitch instead. Garter uses more yarn and then twisting stitches uses more yarn. That was a heavy, dreadful sweater!

    The rowing out in sleeves isn’t too bad. Blocking will help, but also wearing it will make it appear less of a problem. And isn’t that yarn a bit on the tweedy side? So the irregularities in the yarn will mask issues as well.

  • I do combination knitting when working on something where the rowing out will show. It seems to be worse in worsted weight than thinner yarns.

    When I came back to knitting after learning to crochet I started wrapping the yarn the wrong way. But I was consistent and didn’t twist the stitches, at least, so my knitting mostly looked fine. K2togTBL made no sense, though, since I always knit through the back loop. Eventually Debbie Stoller’s first book set me straight.

  • Erika

    two silver cats, I am cringing on your behalf! I twisted all my knit stitches for the first six months I was a knitter. I think that’s a pretty common mistake…