Reading your Knitting

February 29, 2008

I was asked once, by a fellow knitter who I have deep admiration for, if I could read my knitting. I had no idea what she meant. She explained that reading knitting was the ability to look at any part of my work (and if you are really good, at anybody else’s), and to know exactly what you have done with each stitch and each row. That explanation forever changed my knitting. I have made reading my knitting a focus of every project that I have done since then, and I realize now how little I understood the process, the construction, before I could do this. At the moment I am working on knitting heavy wool boot socks for my husband. I actually really love knitting these, mainly b/c they are done on a size 6 needle, and therefore knit up quicker, but also because with the larger stitches I am able to read, and therefore more fully understand, sock construction. Each time I go to pick up my knitting, I read what I have done since the last time that I picked it up. Of course, this has also yielded me ripping out my knitting a few times because the flaws come clearly into focus, but I guess that is only a small downfall to this process. One of my biggest 2008 goals was to refine my work, and to begin to design my own pieces. Reading every stitch, and knowing what I have done, seeing what is really in the garment, has allowed me to take this next step.

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KC September 20, 2012 at 3:29 pm

One year I taught me husband to knit, he is a computer programmer. After reading one pattern he instantly replied, ” it’s a lot like coding.” He caught on really quickly.

I never thought about reading my knitting really. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. How do you feel about it now that you are years into it?


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