I really do. A sweater worked in the round + St st + small needles = hours and hours of happiness!
I like to knit while listening to music or watching movies or tv series marathons--the Conte Hoodie got me through a significant portion of the entire series run of Buffy the Vampire Slayer--so St st a very suitable companion for me.
Several of my recently published patterns feature lovely long stretches of St st, and I am certain that some people will say (as they have every right to) "Nice design, but no way am I going to do all that plain knitting! So boring!".
I get that. I enjoy a nice bit of lace or colorwork (hey, I love colorwork!) as much as the next knitter, but I like to mix it up with some simply stuff too. Ideally, at all times I have one mindless Stockinette project that I can pick up when my husband says "let's watch Ip Man!", as well as one or two (or three or four) more complex pieces that actually require my mental presence when I work on them.
Sometimes I want a sweater simply to fulfill it's basic function--cover me up and keep me warm--rather than a sweater that makes a statement. And sometimes I want to knit, but I don't want to think about knitting. For those of you who are like me, and relish the thought of lots of St st and a classic, basic garment to add to you wardrobe, I give you Winter.
Originally published as the "Boxy Pullover" by Shibui, I am now making the pattern available via pdf from my Ravelry pattern store. Winter is an easy-fitting pullover with a slightly wide funnel neck in a simple rib variation. The shoulders are shaped with short rows for a more flattering fit, and the sleeves are picked up from the armhole and worked in the round down to the cuff, making the sleeve length easily adjustable and reducing the bulk where the sleeve joins the body.
Basically, this is your classic weekend sweater, the one you throw on when you want to be comfortable but still look respectable.
The yarn is Shibui Baby Alpaca Dk, which comes in some lovely new colors. If I were to make it again, I'd go with Velvet or Granite.
Find Winter on Ravelry here.
I have to add a thanks to my lovely model Kalen, for letting me photograph her in Winter and several other sweaters on a 90 degree afternoon! What a champ!