Left hand is in a bit of a cramp: the Tunisian stitch can do that to you! But this stitch feels and looks right for the hand towel I am knitting with four strands of a cotton and linen yarn and unmarked needles which seem similar in size to some 000's - about three-quarters the size of my little finger. White yarn on bright orange needles. A visual delight. This is producing an airy, lacey towel - an experiment. A former towel was knit in Tunisian stitch but in a much tighter gauge: it looks lovely (the stitch offers wonderful texture on white), 'works' well, but does take a time to dry between uses. Also the 100 % cotton yarn has twice been repaired at the edge after washing and this prompted the thought of making another towel. And the idea of an open weave with 'pockets' that may prove adequately absorbant and quick to dry. I've done about four inches, twelve inches width, and I am 'feeling' a contrast band just now might be nice, possibly stockingette or moss. Will see what the 'sticks and string' dictate when next I pick them up.
The Tunisian stitch is as follows:
On odd # of stitches and two rows
Wrong side Row 1 K1*(yo Slip 1 purlwise K1 with yo)*
Row 2 (K1 K2tog in back of sts) End K1
Hint - the brackets in Row 2 mean you keep the K1 on the left hand needle while you K2 tog in the back of the next two sts and then slide all three off at once. It's a bit fiddly (thus the hand cramp!) but becomes familiar once you get the hang of it.
"Fiddly" gives an opportunity to indulge in Mindful Knitting or Intuitive Knitting, however one wishes to think of it. In this case the vibrant orange needles were chosen to contrast with the white yarn and 'catch' the attention. The knitting into the back of the two stitches requires that I pick them up with thumb and forefinger of left hand and hold them away from the left hand needle so that the right hand one can gain entry easily. That's eight strands and the linen and cotton is a bit knobbly so there is texture involved in the touch and the sight as well. And those two stitches, from the previous row with the yo and the Slipped purlwise and then Knit with yo stitch manoeuvre, are like crossed arms, occurring between the single stitch, so easily 'seen'. There's a satisfying interaction with the 'tools', the skill, the growing product - and, most of all - the freedom.