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« on: April 02, 2007 11:12:05 AM »

hello all,

So, I haven't knit anything with basic ribbing in a long time, and I cast on for a hat last night (who needs a winter hat in spring?? Me, apparently) and I realized I have major rib tension problems.

The pattern calls for 3 x 3 ribbing. After I knit 3 and go to purl something about the switch of stitches creates a very loose gap. I pull super tight but it doesn't seem to matter. Going from purl to knit does not cause this problem.

I've also had the same problem with cables, going from knit to purl creates loose stitches.

Any advice?? I knit English style (that's the one where you carry the yarn in your right hand, right?).

I'm not new to knitting by any means and have no trouble with tension and lace, so this is baffling to me. If it helps I can post a picture. . .

Thanks for your help!!!!
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2007 11:18:24 AM »

The only thing I can think of is that you're forgetting to bring your yarn to the front before you work the first purl stitch.  However, that would leave you with a yarn over, and you have a gap instead.  So I'm not sure that that's what's happening.
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2007 11:35:32 AM »

Thanks!

I am bringing the yarn forward. Really, it just seems that the stitch is super loose. It's not a gap (like a yarn over) but a baggy ugly stitch.

Maybe I'm just rusty with ribbing and need to get back the feel for it. . .
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2007 11:37:13 AM »

Is your tension while purling otherwise OK?
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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2007 11:56:09 AM »

I have this problem too - my tension is pretty even otherwise.

I've started to wrap the yarn in the other direction around the needle when making the first purl stitch. The path the yarn takes is slightly shorter and so the knit stitch will appear tighter.

This will make a stitch that sits wrongly on the needle, you just need to twist it back the right way when you come to it.

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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2007 02:54:56 PM »

i often have this problem, even though i am not new to knitting, and i also hold the yarn in my right hand...  it's aggravating and usually i just end up adjusting the tension by hand once i'm done with the item.  just wanted to assure you that you're not alone!   Wink
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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2007 03:14:50 PM »

Thanks for the feedback guys!

My tension for purling otherwise is a-okay. . .

I will try wrapping the yarn the other way.

How do you adjust the tension once the piece is done? Just pull it around a bit?  Huh
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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2007 04:59:41 PM »

Blocking tends to solve minor issues like this, for what it's worth.
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« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2007 06:52:29 PM »

Wrapping the other way didn't help for my 1x1 the first time but I tried it again on other ribbing and most people see a big improvement, I did eventually. Is it possible your purls are too tight, not too loose? I know it's counter-intuitive...
You also might like to work the loose stitches through the back loop. God knows I find purling tbl in the round tedious, but that's what Nona's technique requires in the round...

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« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2007 11:35:19 PM »

Funny, I just noticed I have the same problem too.  The transition from knit to purl is super loose.  I guess I'll try wrapping the yarn the other way, too. 
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