I'm hoping someone here will be able to help - I am making
Bianca's Jacket from Interweave Knits (Fall 06 I think) and am
having trouble. I'm a fairly experienced knitter, but I'm no whizz
with circular/d.p.n. knitting and the like. While this is neither, I
think the problem I'm having is similar to a problem that knitters
often have when they join a piece to knit in the round and end up with a ladder or gap where they join the work or switch dpn.
So - I have five completed pieces, all knit separately (two fronts,
a back, two sleeves) that I have now transferred to a long circular
needle (to knit back and forth on). I now need to knit across (join)
all the pieces to make the yoke of the cardigan. Problem is, there
is a loose stitch on one end of each piece where I stopped knitting,
with a yarn end (no cast off, of course). First try, I knitted
across these end stitches and pulling really really tight, but there
was still a loose, holey, gappy bit, no matter how tight I pulled.
Second try, after frogging back, I wove these ends into the knitting
and tried to knit across them again - with even more disastrous,
loose results. I have pulled the stitches at these joins very very
tight each time, but am having no luck getting the knitting neat and
even. It looks like a mess and I don't think I will be able to cover
it up in the final sewing/blocking.
Also, I don't think that the loose stich is the only part of the problem - again, comparing this to circular knitting, there seems to be a real slackness in the stitches either side of the join.
So... I know I've read about certain tricks people have when they
are joining pieces like this, but can't remember what they were: can you please share? I know that a similar loose bit, or "ladder" can also be formed in d.p.n. knitting, so I'm hoping there will be some solutions out there.
Many thanks in advance - I look forward to your suggestions!