Alright now, listen up, because in real life I will never, ever admit to what I’m about to tell you. If you read it here and then see me in real life and mention it, I will flat out deny it until I’m blue in the face. Just letting you know.
I’ve been knitting wrong. This whole time I’ve been knitting my sock, I’ve been twisting my stitches. Which, is not entirely “wrong” in the sense that my knitting is broken, but rather in the sense that it just wasn’t what I was intending to do. Before I began crocheting, I knitted with the English method, and the whole time I found it awkward and ungainly, and had a large part to do with why I was never so crash hot on knitting. But, that’s how my Ma knits, and there was no-one to show me any different. When I went back to knitting after realizing crochet was like breathing for me (like, I NEED to do it), I had heard of this mysterious “Continental Method”, so, I tried that, and all of a sudden, knitting made sense to me and wasn’t awkward and ungainly.
BUT, I was picking my yarn with my needle the same as I would with crochet, and this results in a twisted stitch. I didn’t think anything of it, because actually… it seemed that my stitches were miraculously neater and tighter than when I knit in the English method, and I thought that was awesome. I’d also shown my sock to a bunch of more experienced knitters than I, and not one said a word about it. It wasn’t until I was on the train today that a thought popped into my head out of nowhere. “I think you’re twisting your stitches”. So, I googled it on my phone and I discovered that I was in fact twisting my stitches. “Fuck it!” I thought, “I’m going to have frog four inches of sock!”. But then I read something that made my day. One knitter explained that they use twisted stitches when they’re doing ribbing because it gives a tighter, denser structure to their ribbing, and they also used whenever they just wanted their fabric to be that little bit denser.
This information was like a personal gift to me, because know if anyone says “Oh, you’re twisting your stitches,” I can look them in the eye and say “Yup, I know. I like to use twisted stitches because I think it gives me a tighter, denser structure to my fabric. I tend to knit a little looser otherwise,” and they’ll think “Oh, how interesting! I’ll have to remember that for next time I want a tighter, denser structure to my fabric.”
And if you say to me that I’m twisting my stitches by accident, because I went from crochet to Continental method knitting, I’ll instantly deny it and tell you’re crazy.
Meanwhile, it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow, and this is in our shop window, and it makes me so happy I could burst. I couldn’t care a bit about Valentine’s Day, but a giant yarn heart is joy on a stick. My manager Judith is perhaps the coolest person I’ve ever met. For realz, y’all