Wednesday, May 1, 2013

What kind of knitter are you?

I've heard several discussions about product vs. process knitters. I've always suspected that I fall into the product camp, but after this week there is no longer any doubt in my mind. I am a product knitter. I usually start looking for my next project shortly after casting on my current project. I think about what piece I want in my wardrobe, spend hours looking through patterns, and debating what yarn I want to use. Because I have a fairly solid vision of what the finished piece will look like I don't have too much trouble focusing on my project. I may have a sock or dishcloth floating around, but they only get attention when I'm too tired to work on the main knitting. If you've been here for a while you might be asking about the Purple Monster. This sweater was my attempt at being a process knitter and the knowledge that real Knitters do colorwork. I have the sleeves and steeking left on this sweater, but because I didn't follow my process of selecting a project I feel no guilt over it not being done. The price of the yarn will force me to finish it sooner or (probably) later, but this week has not been the purple monster's week.

I've been making steady progress on my Fogarty Creek Blazer, but have gotten stuck on how to read the charts for the main body. I think I've figured it out, but now I need to get the right number of stitches on my needles. I should have known that with 282 stitches some of them were bound to go missing. Since I haven't been able to work on my green sweater, and I can't spend the week not knitting I've been reluctantly working on a sock. My husband really loves this pair of socks so I've been trying to get them done. (Turns out I married a product spouse who sees a pair of socks in some yarn and a half finished sock.)

So are you a product or a process knitter?


  1. Both, in equal measure I think! Good luck with your chart, i think it really is so much easier. Sometimes it can help to compare with the written directions!

    1. I usually find it helpful to have a written directions that I can compare with chart and then work off of the chart. Unfortunately this pattern is very slim on the written directions and aren't helping any.

  2. hmmm interesting question. maybe a product knitter, i love sticking to one thing until it is finished. although i find the process of knitting very calming and rejuvenating.