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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I think I have unnatural tension.... on: November 23, 2005 02:40:21 PM
This isn't a terribly huge problem but I'm hoping for a little insight from some more experienced knitters.

I'm a relativley new knitter.  I've been knitting for about a year, I've knit a few fun fur scarves, a 6-ft drop stitch scarf, a 7ft(or longer! Cheesy) Harry potter scarf, a little freaky looking teddy bear, and the Pixie Hat, so I do have a little bit of experience.  I've really been enjoying making things and my projects turn out pretty well, I think, even if they have a few "charming" beginner mistakes design additions Wink.  But my problem is that whenever I knit a swatch to find my gauge I'm terribly off.  My last few projects are supposed to be knit on size 8 needles but when I find my gauge I have too few stiches per inch, so one by one I go down a needle size to either a 4 or 5.  I know that it is common to go down a size to get the right gauge, but is 4 normal?  My knitting is not extemely loose either, it holds its own, it's not falling off the needles or anything.  I also hold my yarn in my left hand wrapped around my pinky and over my fingers, held up by my pointer finger.

So, am I actually doing anything wrong or am I just naive to the ways of knitting? Huh

Thank you for reading!

--PK

22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: postage stamp necklaces... on: June 26, 2005 01:24:20 PM
Thanks so much for the tutorial!  I saw something like this in a fashion magazine but the manufaturer was charging over $100 a pendant!  Now I can make my own with a stamp of my choice and save the $100! Cheesy
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hand-painted animal shirts on: June 17, 2005 03:51:06 PM
I love the giant squids... there need to be more squid themed clothing options out there! Grin
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