garter-stitch

The sweater I’m working on right now has a garter stitch panel that runs down the sleeves from the neckline.  That’s all the sweater is, stockinette and garter in the round with a little ribbing on the edges.  It could not be easier.  And yet despite having about 80% of the sweater done right now, I have managed to forget to purl those stitches every second round approximately eight times in a row. 

I realize it halfway through the panel and have to tink back a dozen-odd stitches, swearing the whole way, remind myself that garter stitch is two pattern rows seriously self this is not hard, and then proceed to fuck it up yet again two rows later because I zone out and go on autopilot.

Just goes to show: you can practice doing something for ten years and still make dumbass beginner mistakes.  And that’s totally okay.

Defenders Knitting Club, based on a conversation I had with @youll-know-her-name one time:

  • Jessica has been a stealth knitter for a while now. She learned how to at college at some random event Trish dragged her to, and kept it up because making sweaters that fit her exact specifications of what she wanted in a sweater was a game-changer. She doesn’t do it as much now, but she’s definitely got a work in progress stuffed in her closet at all times.
  • Matt learned how to from Jessica one time when they were both kind of drunk. He could, in theory, make things that aren’t garter stitch scarves, but being blind makes patterns a bit difficult, and he hasn’t gotten around to asking Jessica what the basic steps are to make, say, a hat. He doesn’t mind too much. The garter stitch scarves are mindless fidgeting. His method of acquiring yarn is “acquire whatever feels like the right thickness, don’t worry about asking what color it is, I’m sure it’s fine.”
  • Danny first learned how to from Matt, then managed to coax Jessica into teaching him a few more things, then was self-taught after that. He favors simple patterns, especially things knit in a circle. He makes a lot of hats. Most of them get donated to charity, or his friends. He basically treats it like meditation. He has one scarf that’s gotten so long that it’s stopped being a scarf and started being a zen art piece. He’s still working on it.
  • Luke tried, once, when everyone was really drunk. He made a cotton square that’s a bit lopsided and hasn’t really tried since due to lack of time. He uses the square to clean off surfaces at Pop’s.