Stitches and Bitches


I’ve begun the second of my “Scarves Plain ‘N Fancy” and am about a third of the way through it. This one is the same Elann HW wool and I decided to use my good ‘ole “Warrick” pattern. It had been so long since I’d knit anything, or ventured onto Ravelry, I thought I’d take a peek at the stitch counts before I started. It was fun and humbling to see how many people have made this pattern.

One small sour note… Someone’s bad case of knitting snobbery. This someone chose to impune my use of the descriptive term “Feather & Fan” for the stitch used in”Warrick”. Now, if one researched – and I did – one could find self-proclaimed authorities on the difference between “Feather & Fan” and “Old Shael”. Apparently, I committed a grievous error and “Warrick” is actually worked in an “Old Shael” variation. My bad.

It bears pointing out that “Feather & Fan” is an accepted term for this stitch and is used almost universally except by people who were alive before WWII, the time when most North American knitters stopped differentiating between the two stitches. And of course knitters who are extremely well-versed in historically accurate Shetland knitting.

I am well-versed in knitting. A lot of knitting and I was born decades after WWII and having begun my craft at a very young age, I like to further the cause and coolness of knitting. Knit picking (pun intended) about the name of a stitch in a popular pattern, meant for beginners is snobby and elitist. The knitting world doesn’t need that any more than it needs stereotypes about being only for grannies or not for tattooed, converse-wearing ballerinas.

To most knitters, the difference is about as meaningful as the difference between tomatoe and tomato, heavy cream and whipping cream, chips and crisps… ” A rose by any other name…”.

So now I’m done with the bitchin’, best get on with the knittin’. Here’s the second scarf, in progress.

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