When I say that I love everything about knitting I am not being entirely truthful. There are definitely some things that I try to avoid. But then show me anyone who LOVES to weave in the ends. I certainly do not. Another one on my “try to avoid” list is purling. I will do it if I must, but with all my might, with all my ingenuity I will try to find a way around it. But while I love the gentle rise and fall of garter stitch, some yarns beg for stockinette. Now while I am confessing I will admit that I loathe sewing up parts of any knitted thing. Like they say “Never sew if you can knit”.
Over the years I have developed my ways of not doing the things I do not want to do.
1. Most of the things can be knit in the round. At least part of the way. This gives me both the seamless construction and stockinette without purling.
2. Knitting back is really fun. It feels a bit strange in the beginning but as you knit you pick up speed. And I love feeling slightly subversive.
3. Accept the garter stitch as decoration. I love knitting raglan things for my kids. My kids like wide necks on their sweaters and at least two buttons at the top. I will start my raglan in garter stitch, switching to stockinette when I connect the sweater into one piece.
4. Give up and purl. Sometimes you just have to. When I do, I do not forget to reward myself with chocolate.