Stockinette!! Yes, stockinette wins hands down. An amazing number of knitters weighed in on the question. Thank you all for taking time to give an opinion on this most important technique. It seems most knitters (who commented) agree that knitting stockinette is good for the soul, is good to destress and can be a Zen like practice. There were very few detractors but, it’s all good as long as we’re knitting, right?
I used random.org. to generate the number of the winner and it is:
Risa! Her comment:
I love stockinette as well. To me there's nothing more relaxing than endlessly working on stockinette in the round. It is perfect for keeping the hands busy while allowing the mind to do other things, including read, watch tv, daydream, or freak folk out on the subway as you stare at them while concurrently knitting (my personal fave ;). It creates a fabric that is elegant in its simplicity and is the foundation to all that is knitting.
(My favorite part is in bold lettering.)
Ryan left the very best comment:
Without stockinette, we couldn't make swatches. And if we couldn't make swatches, we couldn't calculate our gauge. And if we couldn't calculate our gauge, none of our hand-knit clothes would fit, nothing would be shaped the way it's supposed to be, and fisticuffs would break out between knitters and the people they gave things to. The divorce rate would skyrocket. There would be no point to patterns because everybody's finished project would be guaranteed to look different and be a different size; there would be no point to yarn labels because the weight of the yarn and the gauge wouldn't matter. Knitters would become frustrated and stop knitting, and hundreds of yarn manufacturers would go out of business. Knitting as we know it would cease to exist, chaos would break out, and anarchy would reign. In short, the future of the world depends on the existence of stockinette.
I completely agree 100%. Thanks for putting the stockinette stitch in perspective, Ryan. Maybe that will win over the few who could not see the advantage of plain ol' stockinette..
Tomorrow our Stitch ‘n Bitch gang is going to meet for lunch at the Avenue's Cafe (E St. and So. Temple, if you want to join us) and then head to Black Sheep Wool Co. for Nancy's book signing. It looks like a great weekend. Enjoy yours!