You learn something new everyday…

I’ve been hard at work on the Sherman Style short row heel (I just discovered it on Tuesday)… but before I talk about that, I want to share something I’ve discovered in the process. I have been doing the purl stitch in such a way that it ends up on the needle backwards, causing me to have to knit from the back loop in order to not have twisted stitches. I’ve been knitting for a year and I only noticed this last night. To be fair, most of the projects I’ve worked on have been either garter stitch or stockinette in the round.

What this means is THIS SCARF has a bunch of backward stitches and no I’m not ripping it out. What this also means is that working on this scarf will be much easier so there’s a better chance of finishing it soon.

The colorway of the scarf is one of Dave’s earlier works. It’s 100% Australian Merino wool and so soft. Softer than the sock yarn. I’m so glad I have two more colorways of this yarn ’cause it’s such a pleasure to work with. I think I’ll be finishing this scarf sooner than later. :)

YAY! as I was typing this post, the mail carrier handed me my recent purchase from Cabin Cove Mercantile. Yippee!!! Soon I’ll be holding the Summer Sky in my hands! :D

Ok … back to the short row heel. Here it is:

Sherman Heel

This picture is a little deceiving … it makes it look better than it actually is. This is the better side, what you can’t see is as big hole at the base of the heel. and I forgot to pick up the wraps at the top of the heel. And the other side is not very attractive – I did have to rip it out twice before getting to this – the first time, after I realized the problem with my purl stitch, I ended up with a nice ‘ladder’ down the center of the heel. *rolls eyes* But this is supposed to a learning experience so hopefully, what I learned will help when I start working on the 2nd heel.

That’s it for now. Thanks for the nice comments on my previous post!

Hope you have a great day!!! :)

2 thoughts on “You learn something new everyday…

  1. You know there is a name for somebody who purls like that…it is a combination knitter. Actually, one really famous knitter, who’s name is escaping me right now, knits like that. What happens when you purl in the manner you are purling is the purl stitch becomes exactly like the knit stitch (does that make any sense?). So, I say that to let you know that what you are doing is not necessarily Wrong as there is no such thing as WRONG knitting but just unique! Seriously, combination knitting…it is real.

    I Have trouble with shortrow heels too, so I stick to the heel flap…I really like picking up the stitches and such…makes me feel like I am doing a trick or something.


  2. Backwards purls! I am not alone!! I only learned to kknit recently, and I had purling down pat, and then I did several projects in the round, and several with rib stitch, but when I came back to flat stockinette I was doing the same thing. When you try to knit into it, it feels all tight and hard to stitch. I have to remind myself now that the needle should be standing up straight and the yarn goes between the two needles from right to left.

    I also thought I was the only perosn in the world who managed to end up accidently knitting in the round on the inside, thus having the stockinette showing up on the inside! But I found a tutorial on how to fix that error.

    So, there is no technique that is so simple that it can’t be done wrong! Nevertheless, on we knit! :-)

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