Freak Occurrence?

A couple of days ago I was at a "sit-n-knit" and we got to talking about knitting style. As I was working on the Fair Isle Socks, it was pointed out that I knit "wrong". You see, I knit all projects worked in the round, inside out. I was amongst a minimum of 10 other Knitters and was the only person who knits this way. In defense, I quickly pointed out that it was not wrong, just different. I really have no idea why I knit this way?


What I do know, is that I get the same result. My tension is good and consistent. This way is just more comfortable to me. Plus, when I turn it right side out, it is a nice surprise to see how far I have gotten. This is especially true for the Fair Isle Socks. This pattern is really nice to follow (read the ENTIRE pattern first!) and once you find your groove, you are good to go for at least a couple of repeats. If you do plan on knitting these ridiculously awesome socks (which I highly recommend), I would re-do the fair isle chart. You can do this the old fashioned way with a piece of graph paper or nerd out and make it in Excel like I did. Making the chart larger is much easier on your eyes!

So, am I the only person who knits inside out or was this just a freak occurrence ?



I just recently listened to a knitting podcast regarding this topic! You are not alone. That person (the podcaster) knits that way too! Especially when knitting Fair Isle because the floats will be (supposedly) more even and consistent. By the way: That is one groovy lookin' sock!

I don't understand how one would knit right side out in the round. But I also knit English style, so I'm kind of weird anyway LOL.

My first impression of this is that it's just whacky. Whackiness! However, I'm a strong believer in the whole 'there's no wrong way to knit' thing. I myself purled 'backwards', causing my stockinette to be twisted, for about 5 years. I still liked the way it looked, so i didn't bother to change it. One question - for knitting stockinette in the round, wouldn't inside out mean you're just purling all the time? If so, that's not my cup of tea. I can see how this would be useful for fair isle to keep the tension of the floats even. In fact, I might try it myself!

OK, so when I knit inside out, the project is closest to me. So I am still doing the knit stitch. I see what you are saying though. If you want, I can take a pic so you can see what I am talking about. I am not a fan of a lot of purling either. It makes my hands cramp up!

i've done this by accident, but not on purpose. i love how the black and the self-striping work together in this pattern. lovely!

Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous! I can totally picture the way you do it with the project close to you and kntting on the inside. I wonder how you stumbled on that method. Whatever works.