Sunday, July 31, 2011

Video Tutorial- Knitting Back Backwards



So, I do this weird thing where instead of purling whole rows, I knit them backwards. Which means...well, the video explains it. I taught myself on a whim a few years ago and for some reason it stuck- I like doing it more than regular purling. I always forget that I'm a weirdo until someone gives me a crazy look :-P

Related: I finally figured out how to build a tripod mount for my ipod. Yes, I could have bought one by now. No, I didn't. I'll be putting up a tutorial shortly on my brand-new-not-yet-started-polycraftual-blog. Eeeep, I've said too much!

14 comments:

  1. Wow, that is VERY clever. Might have to try that soon. Thanks for posting!

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  2. Wow, thanks for posting this! I'm an English knitter, but I do hate purling and I think I will try this!

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  3. Wow, thanks for posting this! I'm an English knitter, but I do hate purling and I think I will try this!

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  4. Thanks for the video. I'll definitely be trying this.

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  5. Alex, this is very cool! I'm definitely going to try this. I actually never even knew it was possible to knit backwards! Very useful tutorial. Thanks!

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  6. Alex, above post was from me, Lindy, not my husband, Heron. I used his account by mistake. Although I'm sure he would have appreciated your technique!

    p.s. Those "unicorn" bone needles are very pretty!

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  7. ever since i saw you doing this, however long ago, i've started as well -- i still purl normally, but when i have finicky things like short rows or bobbles where i would normally be turning my work back and forth i just knit back backwards and it makes things much faster. plus i get to feel a little like a knitting ninja, and just a wee bit closer to you :)

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  8. Vivs, you're adorable. Are you back from your wild outback adventure? With bazillions of pictures of adorable and poisonous creatures to share with me?

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  9. And thanks everyone! I'm so glad you're finding it useful :-) Or at least passingly interesting, haha.

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  10. When I was in my entrelac mania phase, I taught myself to purl back backwards, too. Much easier than flipping the knitting around after every eight stitches. I am a thrower and hold my yarn in my right hand, but the principle is the same.

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  11. I was just reading about this technique in Knitting Without Tears!
    "To be truthful, I must admit to having taught myself to knit backwards in one of my efforts to avoid my bete noir, purling."
    Thanks for letting me see what "looking-glass knitting" looks like!

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  12. Thank you!!! I've seen it written, sort of, with how to knit backwards but it never clicked. That video makes perfect sense! Even the purling makes sense and I wasn't sure about it at first. I'm definitely book marking that video. Thank you! :)

    And, hehe, unicorn bone needles. :)

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  13. Awesome! I absolutely despise purling and can't wait to give this a try. Thanks Alex!

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  14. oh yahhhhh...this is so cool. I'm gonna do it and train these older fingers to knit away in a weird way. Alex, good video...nice and plainly explained, from a knitter who's been on the needles for 45 years!!!

    Thank you for taking time to post this!

    from Nicky's Momma (aka Forsch Boy)

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