I like Garter Stitch. I like that it’s cushy. I like to work it in the round with no seams. Yes you have to purl every other round but I still like it.
What I don’t like is this.
That line you get when garter stitch is worked in the round. It’s a jog that looks like a seam where you change the knit round to a purl round. Since there is going to be a line anyway, you might as well knit it flat and sew it up. Sewing is NOT my first choice, ever.
I have found a solution. It’s in the book Something New to Learn About Helical Knitting. I knit this hat from the top down and worked the body of the hat in Helical Garter Stitch.
There is no seam line anywhere in the garter stitch. Nowhere. I’m doing the happy dance in my new hat. I knit the crown of this hat like The Blizzard (Top Down) in the Need A Hat book by Cabin Fever (that’s me).
The trick is to use two balls of yarn in the same colour (or two different colours if you want). With ball #1 work one knit round and with ball #2 work the next round in purl. DO NOT TWIST the yarns when you change balls. That’s it. No Seam! Check out the Helical Garter Stitch Tutorial where Jen Arnall-Culliford gives you some extra tips.
Is this great or what?!
Thanks for reading,