Monday, December 7, 2015

Loom Knitting Vs. Needle Knitting: Garter Stitch

So I was feeling stressed out, and decided to take on a small project on needles instead of my loom. I knew the project would require more concentration, as I haven't knitted on needles in over a year. I also decided to take on a pattern that required attention across multiple rows. I began working on a seafoam stitch scarf designed by Ali Green, available for free on Ravelry.

My knowledge of loom knitting stitches actually got me turned around! On the loom, the garter stitch is created by alternating knit and purl rows. On needles, you just knit every row. I had to frog the scarf a few times because I kept producing stockinette stitch. I was alternating knit and purl rows on my needles. On the loom, to make the stockinette stitch, each row is knitted. This is because the project is not turned around the way it is when knitting needles are used.

I plan on finishing this project, but I will definitely only be doing small light projects on needles. The primary reason I stopped needle knitting was because my hands began to hurt each time I tried to knit. However, I cannot see myself giving it up completely, because there are still so many more resources for needle knitting than there are for loom knitting. That being said, I may try to convert some of my favorite needle knitting patterns for the loom, which should be an interesting challenge!