I have a vaguely embarrassing confession to make.
To put it into context: I started knitting two years ago, or close enough. To be fair for the first six months or so I mostly crocheted as I didn’t dig the whole two-needles thing (oh how times change!) but my first (unfinished) project was a scarf knitted out of a terrible acrylic blue yarn.
So I really should know the basics by now.
Imagine my surprise (and amusement) when I discover that after all this time I’ve been doing the purl stitch wrong!
Have a look at this finished top. I’m very pleased with it as it fits and it is entirely wearable. HOWEVER. I noticed the straight section – where I knit flat down to the bottom of the armholes (mid-boob) – is completely different from the part where I knitted in the round. The only difference in these two sections is the purl stitch so I started to have the sneaking suspicion I’d made a fundamental error.
Maybe I’m just not very good at the purl stitch, thought I.
I looked closer. The stitches don’t lie flat and there’s an odd pull between them. Hmm, maybe not. Maybe I twist the stitches.
Then a very kind soul on Ravelry tactfully informed me that it does indeed look like I’m twisting my purl stitches and I facepalmed heavily. As a side-note, if you ever notice something I could do to improve my knitting like this, please tell me. I won’t get upset unless you’re a dick about it. I’ll be grateful!
My first attempts at the purl stitch came from this video.
…And I now realise that I must have been watching it whilst wearing a black sack over my head because there’s no other explanation as to how I managed to miss that you cross the yarn over anti-clockwise.
Of course, I’m halfway through a project right now in which I’ve been accidentally twisting the purl stitch all the way through so I have to keep going. Once it’s done I’ll have to relearn the stitch.
Maybe I’ll go continental while I’m at it.
I’m not the only one to make stupid long-running mistakes, right? …Right? …*crickets chirp*…
Time to buy some sea silk to make myself feel better…!