Sunday, September 14, 2008

Garter stitch - Garðaprjón

I didn't used to like garter stitch. I thought it was the most boring thing to knit, that and scarfs. I wonder if my compulsory garter stitch scarf school project had something to do with it, ha ha. Seriously, my youngest brother got to knit cool toys in school but I had to make boring scarfs.

Then I discovered Mason-Dixon and the joys of the garter stitch. Sometimes you just want to knit and knit and knit and go with the flow. You don't have to stop to figure something out (well, depending on the pattern) or keep your place.

The garter stitch blends the colors somewhat, not as well as moss stitch, but when you have a jaquard type yarn. The garter stitch 'takes the bite' out of the color changes, makes them more subtle.

Another nice thing about garter stitch is that it stretches, so it is ideal for baby clothes, like Elizabeth Zimmermann, the knitting genius, knew. I'm knitting a Baby Surprise Jacket and to come up with this construction is the most clever one there is. The tomten jacket is tempting as well. I've been looking through some of them on Ravelry. I'm picturing a jacket for the girls, knit with Álafoss Lopi on 5 mm needles. I guess I'll have some wool to buy when I'm in Iceland for Christmas :)j

7 comments:

Harpa J said...

En svo á frúin líka afmæli bráðum... - ertu að spá í léttlopa eða venjulegan?

Sonja said...

He he he

Góð ábending :)

Venjulegan.

Holla Bolla said...

Ég skoðaði hlekkina og varð ástfangin af Tomten peysunni. Áttu nokkuð bókina?

Rebecca said...

I know what you mean about garter stitch. I used to feel the same way you used to, and now I am working on a garter stitch sweater now and it's actually really fun.

Sonja said...

holla bolla: Ég held að þessi uppskrift sé í bæði Knitting Workshop og Knitting without tears. Svo gæti hún líka verið í Opinionated Knitter.

Harpa J said...

Plötu eða hespu?

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Sonja said...

Ha ha ha

Hespu held ég bara, annars er plötulopinn meira spennandi. Hmm....

Tekurðu nokkuð eftir því að ég sé vog? he he