Who’s a cheater? I AM!! Here’s how I create lovely garter stitch IN THE ROUND…
…without purling! Not that I don’t love purling on Magic Loop, but when I’m speeding along, knitting in the round, the last thing I want to do is break my rhythm by having to switch to purling every other round. So I have a trick that I use.
Of course, I want you to be able to do this too! So here’s how to cheat and use wrapping-and-turning to turn every round garter stitch project into knitting-only:
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This works even on Magic Loop, as I demonstrate in the video.
The secret is to do a wrap-and-turn on the first stitch of every round, then go back the other way, knitting, of course. This is also great practice for advancing your basic Magic Loop skills.
A great project to practice this on is CocoKnits’ Prairie Boots – they go SO much faster when you use this trick.
You can use Magic Loop to do this entire project, including the short rows around the base of the foot.
You can also add a suede sole to make them look nice and finished, more durable, and a lot less slippery.
In local news, Monday was a holiday and I (along with the rest of Mendoza, apparently) went to the park to stroll around before the sun went down. This is a huge park, with a soccer stadium, a lake, art and science museums, a zoo, and a darn good-sized mountain right in the middle.
The lake was shimmering with the reflections of lit-up trees, beginning to glow in the darkening light. I spied this young kid by the water’s edge, silently taking in the same beautiful view.
Groups of people were playing soccer everywhere, and joggers and bikers circled the lake. I didn’t see much frisbee here – a friend says it’s considered a beach game, not as popular in this land-locked city.
As twilight came on, people made their way out of the park through the parking lots all around. Guys on motorcycles revved their engines, and I passed car after parked car with twenty-something Argentinian guys lounging coolly around the open trunks.
They were all blaring loud Cumbia and Reggaeton music and generally looking tough, watching other people pass, noticing and being noticed. It was the Dairy Queen and the In-N-Out hangout of Argentina, and very cute, in a teenage-testosterone-overload sort of way. :)
In video e-book news, I’m very excited because as we head towards somewhat cooler weather in the States, my Two-at-a-Time Mittens Video E-Book is finally ready!
I was busy adding more features that you had requested.
Now there’s an all-videos-included version so you can watch the videos without an Internet connection.
Read More of My Journey Through Argentina:
- The Next Post: Russian Grafting, and the Problem with the “To Go” Concept
- From The Beginning: My First Adventures In Argentina
Other Knitting Tricks:
- How To Count Rows and Change Colors Smoothly on Garter Stitch
- When You Run Out Of Tail — Tricks For Casting On And Weaving In Short Ends
If you liked this tutorial on garter stitch in the round, post in the comments!