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  • I’m knitting a scarf for my BIL right now that’s a great beginners pattern (Free on Ravelry). Beginner’s Stitch Sampler Scarf. It’s 6 different easy stitch patterns: garter, stockinette, basket weave, seed, smooth sand, and 4×4 ribbing.

  • I’m curious as to how you keep your stitches tidy when switching from knit to purl in your ribbing. My last stitch before purling is generally somewhat loose and sloppy!

  • I had always thought that moss stitch was a fancy name for seed stitch! Thanks for the clarification! I like how it has a diagonal texture.

  • Wise Hilda’s sock was my first sock! You prepared a clear, informative pattern that set me up for future sock success. It’s still my go-to when I recommend a pattern for a new sock knitter.

  • I think that “knit the knits and purl the purls” can be confusing for a beginner because this is describing the look of the stitches as they present on the reverse of the previous row. So the stitches you have just knitted present as purls (to be purled) and vice versa. This used to really bewilder me when I was learning.

    I can see it as one of those terms that has been passed down verbally; it would make perfect sense if it was being shown or demonstrated to you that way.

  • May I simply admire the beauty of the purl side of your stockinette? You have such tension control and the results are so attractive in all the samples!

  • This question relates in a way to garter and stockinette stitches.

    When doing a gauge swatch flat for a project knit in the round, The accepted technique is to knit a row, bring the working yarn across the back and knit the next row.

    Why can’t you knit the swatch in garter stitch? Isn’t it basically a knit row on top of a knit row? I have the intuition that if this was an alternative I would have seen it somewhere.

    Very curious.