As knitters, we all have opinions regarding the type of stitches we prefer for different knitted item.
In general, they tend to be:
Simple and easy – Perhaps I’m lazy, but the easier a stitch is the more likely I am to carry the project with me and knit a few quick rows on the run.
Reversible – The front and back don’t have to match, but I want both sides to be attractive in their own right.
Versatile – I’ve made a number of afghans using stitches that (to my eye) are most appealing worked in solid colors, but I have a true passion for those that also create a pleasing effect in two or more colors. These stitches offer more flexibility and encourage me to experiment with different combinations, which is especially helpful when I'm knitting from stash.
Solid rather than lacy – Don’t misunderstand me please: I love the look of light and lacy afghans and admire the exceptional skill it takes to make them. One of the most frequent complaints voiced by afghan recipients, however, is how much they hate having their toes poke through the fabric. For this reason, my favorite stitches produce a fluid material with an attractive texture but few if any holes.That sounds pretty straightforward, don't you think?
I've been rummaging through existing swatches, swatching new stitches and experimenting with new variations.
The search will continue until I find a stitch that works.