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« on: December 30, 2006 12:47:33 AM »

I've been trying to learn to do stockinette stitch, and after realizing I'd been doing twisted stockinette the whole while, I started over, practiced, and then finally felt I had a handle on it.

However, my whole piece slants strangely... This was just a piece to practice on, but I can't figure out what's making it such a "diagonal" shape. I can stretch it to be square, but it won't stay. Can someone tell me what I'm doing wrong?


It does make a nice parallelogram shape...




If I figured out what I'm doing, maybe I could harness it to make slants the other way and knit cool zigzags or something. Tongue
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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2006 01:28:30 AM »

are you sure you didn't increase irregularly in the beginning? maybe that's why. I get a similar problem sometimes with my yarn surling at the ends...  ???hmm. not sure why either. maybe it's just a knitting mystery...
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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2006 05:16:04 AM »

I can't really see properly because the yarn is verigated, but it still looks like your doing twisted stocking stitch.

Do you knit with the yarn in your left or your right hand?  The reason I ask is if you hold in your left hand you could be knitting a style called combination or eastern uncrossed.  This means you purl "the lazy way" (like I do) and then when you come to work the knit stitches, you twist them.

Does that make any sense  Huh
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« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2006 06:44:26 AM »

It does indead look like your still twisting your purl stitches but I don't think that would cause the parallelrogram.

There are some funky looking stitches on the bottom right that could possibly have caused it but it is hard to tell.

When I have made my knitting slant like that on purpose it was by decreasing (knit 2 together) on the right and increasing (knit into the fron and the back of the stitch) on the left. Have there been times when you did not have the same number of stitches as you started with?

knittinghelp.com has excellent videos that might help you see what you are doing different. Sometimes I have to do my knitting right in front of the computer so I can check what I'm doing step by step otherwise my mind thinks I'm doing it the same but there is some small thing that is done differently.
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« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2006 12:58:48 PM »

Oh goodness!  Thank you guys for your help! I feel so silly now! I checked out knittinghelp.com, and who knew I have been twisting my knits and somehow purling very strangely all along? I guess that's what I get for trying to teach myself out of a book...

Somehow whatever kind of stitches I have been doing haven't hampered me as much as they could have, because I've been able to make ribbed scarves without any problem (though the fronts of the ribs had funky texture instead of stockinette) But luckily now I can make beautiful stockinette! (made beautiful by all the frustration it took to learn!)



Thanks again!  Grin Now that I'm over this hurdle, my next project is a Harry Potter scarf, and then I want to learn double knitting, too.
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« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2006 01:02:58 PM »

Yay - perfect stocking stitch!
Many happy knitting returns to you!  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2006 01:09:03 PM »

Don't feel silly!  I've been knitting for quite a while ('bout 5 years?) and I asked the same question at my last stitch and bitch!  I'd been purling with the yarn UNDER the needle for years instead of OVER the needle.  Mine didn't go all askew like yours but it did look funny.  They immidiately told me that I was purling upside down now my SS is flatter than a flitter!
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« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2006 02:16:34 PM »

I just had to congratulate you! I taught myself how to knit, too. Out of several books, actually. It sure wasn't easy and I'm still learning a lot. Knittinghelp.com was a great way to make sure I was doing things right.
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« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2006 12:55:03 AM »

i LOVE that yarn! what is it?
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« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2006 01:17:07 PM »

i LOVE that yarn! what is it?

I don't think I have the label anymore, but I'm pretty sure it's Red Heart brand. I got it at a thrift store for $1, I think. I still haven't figured out what I should use it for aside from practice yarn. I tried knitting it with ribs, but it looks pretty heinous.  Wink
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