Friday, May 11, 2012

Slipping, Slipping, Knitting

WIP - Akoya
One of the things I love about knitting is that there really is no proper "right" and "wrong" way of doing things - as long as you get the results you are looking for.  There could be many different ways to accomplish the same technique, and if you experiment and play around enough, you can find a method that works for you.  Or better yet, invent one.  A customizable hobby (or way of life, depending on how hard core of a knitter you are), now who doesn't love that?  

So where am I going with this?  Well, as I was plugging away on Akoya I had to stop for 10 minutes double check my knitting and to ask myself if I was doing the right SSKs in the applicable areas.  I was positive that I had reverted back to my usual method of SSK...or was that on the new project that I had cast on last week (more on that later)?  Now all of us knitters know that SSK stands for slip, slip, knit, and that's where you slip 2 stitches individually knit-wise onto the right needle before sliding them back onto the left needle knitting them together through the back with the right needle (or you could skip a step and just insert the left needle into the front of these stitches and then knit through the back loops).  Now that's the standard way of doing this left-slanting decrease.  

A few years ago my friend Bonnie had shown me how she does her SSKs.  It just stuck with me and now it's how I do my SSK.  Basically, you slip the first stitch knit-wise, slip the second stitch purl-wise and then you knit them through the back loops.  I personally think this decrease just lies flatter, mimics its K2tog counterpart perfectly, and looks nicer.  So when a pattern calls for a SSK, this is what I do.  Except for when it comes to lace, that's when I do it the standard way because unless otherwise specified, it's how the designer had envisioned and knitted their lace piece.  Does that make sense?

At a glance you really can't tell the difference between the 2, and really, it's nothing to make a big stink about.  It's all just personal preference.  For the record though, I was told once that I was "doing it wrong" by a yarn shop employee.  What's up with people feeling the need to tell me, rudely I might add, that I'm doing stuff wrong?  A few ladies in my knitting group and I were discussing this last Friday at knit night, and it got me thinking "what other techniques do knitters do that's not the standard way?".  Yes, I'm a knitting nerd and often think about stuff like this.  Want to share what you do differently?

I'm going to contemplate this some more over the weekend while I try to make a dent in some of my knitting projects.  Key word there: try.  We're suppose to have insanely gorgeous weather this weekend, which is perfect since it's Mother's Day this Sunday.  I've told Brett that a gift isn't required (unless it's the gift of being able to knit and maybe sew all day without any interruptions) and neither is a bouquet of flowers...although, I'll take a potted basil plant any day!  But since it's going to be ├╝ber gorgeous out, I don't know if I'd want to stay indoors and sew.  Too bad my sewing machine weighs a tonne, or I'd lug it out onto the deck for a few hours.  Hmmm...something to consider in the future! 

Ok, I'm off to entire the sunshine.  Have a happy weekend Friends!  ♥

4 comments:

  1. it was only a few months ago that I learned how to ssk properly :P

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    1. What were you doing before Nat? That's so interesting!

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  2. I knitted "wrong" altogether for YEARS and was fine. I taught myself from a book, and so I had it slightly backwards -- my knit stitches were always knit into the back loop. This made pretty much no difference in my final projects for a long time, since I was only doing straight knit/purl or cabled projects. No one ever noticed until I took a class years later, and the teacher pointed it out. (To her credit, she totally just said, hey, if it works for you, keep doing it!). Three or four years ago, though, I finally had to learn the "right" way, because I wanted to knit lace, and my way no longer worked very well. Anyway, I HATE it when people tell me I'm doing it wrong -- if it works for me, who cares???

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    1. I agree!! If it works for you, then so what?? I like that the instructor casually (?) mentioned that you were knitting "wrong". There's been several times where I was told in a very condescending way (and like I was an idiot who didn't know anything) that I was doing something wrong with my knitting...like which end of the yarn I knit from to how far in advance I got my yarn wound.

      The months before I became a serious knitter I was purling wrong. Like you, I didn't really notice this as a lot of my projects leading up were knit in the round or was garter. It wasn't until I was trying to knit my first sweater that I noticed that my fabric wasn't at all like how other people's knitting...my seemed to have this texture to it and the fabric itself was pulling. A friend of mine in my knitting group had commented on how interesting my knitting was, that it was cool, and asked what the stitch was. When I told her it wasn't a different stitch she was all perplexed. She silently watched me knit for a few seconds before the "a-ha" moment and told me (nicely and not offendingly!) that I was twisting my purl stitches. After discovering that my knitting took off! But before that? I was content. So if it works, it works! :)

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