I’m working on a very simple project right now. It’s a wrap/big scarf/narrow blanket. (OK, really, it’s just a big rectangle, but sometimes I try to be fancy.) It’s super warm and thick and lovely- knit up in bulky wool. It should just be boring, but it’s so satisfying. I don’t know the last time I made something so simple.
It’s just a big ol’ rectangle of seed stitch. (Seed stitch is alternating rows of k1p1 and p1k1.) I’ve always loved seed stitch. There’s something very satisfying about it. It doesn’t roll, like stockinette. It doesn’t shrink up, like ribbing. It’s thick and poofy and squishy and warm. And, I think, it’s just beautiful. Of course, fancy cables and intricate lace are gorgeous, but there’s something perfect and pure about a big square of seed stitch. It’s homey, yet refined, the same way a linen shirt is both totally casual and very up-scale. It’s fancy without being fussy.
Of course it’s taking me a million and a half years to finish this project, but what’s new. It’s satisfying knitting and I’m enjoying myself immensely. (And it makes great TV-knitting!) It feels great to get back to my roots and make something so totally simple.
Do you have a favorite stitch?