Patience is a virtue (and the Moss Slip Stitch)



The past few weeks, I’ve been working on a new stitch pattern called the Moss Slip Stitch from the Loom Knit Stitch Dictionary (you can read my review of the book here). The Moss Slip Stitch is a beautiful stitch, especially in small gauge. I have to say it’s the most beautiful stitch I’ve knitted thus far and my KB round looms make it look really nice because of the tight 3/8″ loom gauge. The pictures don’t do it justice.

The problem is that I started out with a knit stitch for the selvedge and I didn’t realize it would make the whole scarf curl in. I should have done a garter stitch. While there are purls in this pattern, it was not enough to stop the curling. I think I will need to make this thing double length so that I can loop it around twice and make it a nice infinity scarf/cowl scarf.

Here’s a picture of my recent progress. I still have a long way to go to get this done.

This project requires a lot of patience as more than once, I’ve done 1-2 rows incorrectly and then had to figure out which row I should have done and then unravel the mistakes and start that section over again. And whenever I set the project down and start up again, I tend to lose my place.

It is a lesson in patience.

How can it be that the most beautiful stitch I’ve knitted thus far has resulted in a project I’m hesitant about finishing?

And yet, because the stitch is so lovely, how can I not finish it? The knitter’s moral dilemma.

I will persevere!

For those wanting to try the moss slip stitch on a loom, I would suggest getting a copy of the Loom Knit Stitch Dictionary. This pattern is a slightly different version of the moss stitch and I haven’t seen it in other tutorials, or I’d post the pattern instructions here.

It’s similar to the Irish moss and the double moss, but there are stitches that you skip over and slip behind the peg.

I did find a needle knit tutorial of this stitch on YouTube, but the finished piece looks a little different because the video shows how to knit the moss slip stitch in two colors rather than one. However, it is essentially the same pattern (if you follow the video, you’d just need to convert for the loom).

Circular Knitting (Traditional Knitting)

Yesterday, I went to the local second-hand craft store and picked up 4 circular knitting needles and a book on circular knitting for $15. This might be very brave and stupid or brilliant – time will tell.

I figured if I’m going to be in bed for 2 weeks recuperating from surgery, maybe I’ll have the patience to watch a few videos and attempt a simple circular knitting project. The couple of times I tried to learn traditional knitting, I couldn’t figure out casting on and doing the first row and just gave up.

I probably would’ve done better if I’d had someone guide me through it rather than trying to follow along with a book. But now there is YouTube! I learned loom knitting on YouTube, so maybe I’ll have some luck with learning circular knitting as well.

We’ll see how much patience I have since traditional knitting is more time consuming than loom knitting. It already takes me a few days to knit a scarf on the loom. 🙂 I like the ease of loom knitting and that it’s not as stressful on my hands/arms. I think I will need to bring out the wrist braces for this experiment.

Have you tried traditional circular knitting? If you knit on a loom and also knit with circular or straight needles, which do you like best?