I’m a backwards knitter. And I felt it was time I openly admitted it.
What does this mean?
When I knit socks on dpns, I cast on the required number of stitches on one needle and then I separate them by knitting forwards. Usually my first needle will have an ‘extra’ stitch, the one I’ll be needing for my last needle to complete the requisite number. And so, when I get to that final needle, I join my round by knitting that first stitch off of needle 1 and voila! Now … here comes the ‘weird’ part … for some unfathomable reason unknown to me, I then begin knitting COUNTERCLOCKWISE. It just seems to make sense and so off I go. This means that my ‘public’ or right side of the knitted fabric is and will be, forevermore INSIDE the soon to be formed tube known as a sock. The wrong side is always facing outwards … from start to finish.
I have no idea why I knit socks this way. Maybe it has something to do with having taught myself how to do it? I think it might also have something to do with figuring out how in holy sheep’s name I was supposed to make a ‘proper’ join. All I do know for certain is that on more than one occasion, other knitters have commented on my technique and have found it completely strange as I sat knitting counterclockwise.
I’m guessing I can’t be the only knitter who knits socks on dpns this way. I have a friend who also works her socks this way too, but she will reverse the tube and then continue right-side-out.
I don’t. I can’t.
For whatever bizarre reason, my brain and then my hands just won’t work it out this way. I know … I know … it sounds crazy … and believe me, I have tried to ‘right the wrong’ but I end up screwing it all up.
And so I’m a backwards sock knitter when working with dpns. So be it. It works for me.