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05 february, 2007

There are so many ways to knit, but when all is said and done you really cannot tell from a piece of knitting what knitting style was used.  How nice -- no right way to knit,  no wrong way to knit.

I used this swatch to learn how to knit -- and purl -- backwards.  This technique allows you to knit in both directions without turning your work.  For example, you can knit from the left to the right needle and then instead of turning and purling back you can knit from the right to the left needle.  Why in the world was I interested in learning this technique?  Well, it allows me to work short rows without turning and will be quite useful for my String of Purls obsession and Wonky Log Cabin squares.

Who says you cannot teach an old dog new tricks?

Yarn: Tahki's Cotton Classic -- this is my favorite cotton yarn.
Needles: US 6
Stitch: Stockinette Stitch with a little garter stitch to start and end.
Techniques: Knitting -- and purling -- backwards.  This entire swatch was worked from the right needle to the left needle, throwing the yarn with my left hand.  I used trial and error to "unvent" this technique and will post a tutorial on nonaKnits tomorrow or Wednesday -- you know how it is.

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Comments

good for you! I have been trying to do this for years. Feels spastic!

Posted by: gale (she shoots sheep shots) | Feb 6, 2007 4:00:39 AM

i love knitting and purling backwards (i typically never turn my work anymore)... what I find funny about it is that when i taught a knitting class i had a lefty student, who knit/purled normally what we're calling backwards, so now i like to think of myself as both a right handed and left handed knitter, or ambidextrous!

Posted by: kim | Feb 6, 2007 5:37:54 AM

It is also fantastic for doing entrelac. Keep up the swatches, I love seeing them. In fact, I just might buy the second treasury to do the string of purls!

Posted by: The Queen of the Snow Cows | Feb 6, 2007 6:59:10 AM

It is also fantastic for doing entrelac. Keep up the swatches, I love seeing them. In fact, I just might buy the second treasury to do the string of purls!

Posted by: The Queen of the Snow Cows | Feb 6, 2007 7:00:06 AM

I love this technique! I actually find that my flat stockinette is the most beautifully even when I knit forwards and purl backwards, so I've done whole sweaters in that manner.

I'm absolutely loving this entire swatching project, also. It's inspiring!

Posted by: Sara | Feb 6, 2007 8:40:00 AM

Knitting backwards is such a lifesaver with short-rows and entrelac -- it helps me prevent my gauge from getting wonky on multitudes of little rows.

Posted by: Sarah | Feb 6, 2007 9:50:07 AM

When I first started knitting I didn't know you had to turn your work. I eventually figured out how to twist the stitches so everything was even, and how to purl RS, etc. just by "reading" my knitting. From then on, knitting has been very intuitive to me.

Posted by: Christina | Feb 6, 2007 11:18:46 AM

i do that when I do short rows and entrelac. it is like relearning knitting but once you do it makes life a whole lot easier. the only reason i don't use it for everything is because i have a bigger gauge when i purl than when i knit, and i tend to switch back and forth when i'm doing something bigger. i end up with kinda pockety things. hmmm...maybe could be a design featue

Posted by: callie | Feb 8, 2007 6:14:36 PM

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