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Garter

Garter. 1. The simplest pattern, created by knitting or purling every row, never mixing the two. 2. Doing the same thing over and over again, making progress in time, but never moving forward in spirit.

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Stocking

Stocking. 1. The pattern made by knitting one row, then purling the next, alternating between the two with each new row. The garment then has a “wrong” side and a “right” side. The “right” side has a herringbone-like appearance and the “wrong” side has a bumpy texture. 2. The dust of the past.

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Ribbing

Ribbing. 1. Knitting one stitch, then purling one stitch, creating a pattern that looks like the furrows of waves upon the ocean. This stitch is used widely on the wrists, neck, and bottom of the sweater, for it is elastic in nature and gives easily. 2. A riddle.

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Bobble

Bobble. 1. A stitch that looks like a ball. Bobbles vary in size based on the number of rows into which they are knitted. This stitch is very important, as it adds texture to the sweater or jumper, by either placing it singly within a pattern or grouping several bobbles together to form a pattern of their own. 2. Living things, like animals or trees. 3. People.

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Twisted Stitch

Twisted Stitch. 1. A twisted stitch is caused by placing the needle through the loop of a single stitch in the wrong direction. Though usually an error in the process of either knitting or purling, some patterns can be created by purposely twisting stitches (i.e., twisted-stitch ribbing). 2. Certain traits developed over a life that define the uniqueness of a soul. 3. A mother’s touch.

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Diamond

A diamond without a bordering stitch.

A diamond without a bordering stitch.

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Ladder

Ladder (aka Ladder of Life or Jacob’s Ladder). 1. A pattern running vertically on a garment, making the poles and rungs of a ladder. 2. Traditionally references Jacob’s ladder, a way to heaven and eternal happiness, or more precisely a oneness with God. 3. In fishing terms, Jacob’s ladders are the ropes that run from the deck of a vessel to the rigging above. 4. A connection that causes change.

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