I have been knitting since 2010. I taught myself in college with some YouTube videos and a group of girls making knit squares to donate to Africa for blankets. I made those squares like it was my job until I was brave enough to make a scarf for my boyfriend. That scarf... He's my husband now and he still has the scarf. It's about 10 feet long and a foot wide and he loves it. I think it's ridiculous.
Last week, so mid September 2023, after 13 years of knitting, I realized I've been knitting wrong. I've been working on a secret test knit for a designer who has a sweater pattern coming out in a magazine in Spring 2024. The raglan stitches were looking wonky so I frogged it back to the beginning and tried again. Still wonky! So I watched a bunch of YouTube videos and I was doing everything right. My yarn overs were fine and I was knitting through the back of the stitch correctly... but wait. I realized these video creators all threw their yarn differently than I did. Does that even matter? So I watched a few more and realized, yep, it matters.
Every stitch I have knit for the past 13 years has been a twisted stitch. And ya'll that is a lot of stitches. I've made sweaters and blankets and scarves and socks. I've followed intricate patterns. And never once has it made a visible difference until now.
I've been knitting wrong.
What is even life?!
A friend asked if I purl wrong as well and after watching MANY YouTube videos I can confirm that my purling technique is fine. As the title of the blog says, I knit wrong, purl right.
So while we're on this journey to become a certified Master Knitter, I better relearn how to knit.