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zknits
« on: May 25, 2007 01:36:51 PM »

hey all!
i've been doing a lot of knitting in the round and recently realized that when i knit flat now i have a slightly slanted knit side in stockinette that almost looks like twisted stitch...while i'm fine with the textured look it gives pieces, it is a little weird when i've knit part in the round and part flat...any advice on how to calm that down?
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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2007 03:08:50 PM »

Do you knit through the back loop when you knit in the round?  I'm trying to break the back-loop habit because all of my stuff in the round slants to the left (though it looks otherwise normal).
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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2007 03:57:51 PM »

Maybe it's something to do with your purls?
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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2007 08:07:56 PM »

Also, if you have only seen this in one or two wools, some of them are spun in such a way that they don't quite sit straight when knitted, although I guess this would be the same for flat and ITR knitting... I say find a knitter (maybe at a LYS) and ask whether you are twisting your stitches: unless you know you are not.

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« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2007 07:26:08 AM »

On your purl row, do you wrap the yarn around the needle clockwise or counterclockwise.  You should always be wrapping your yarn counterclockwise around the needle (knitting or purling), this is a mistake that's pretty common in new knitters.
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« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2007 07:28:43 AM »

If it's possible for you to post a pic of your stitches that would help us diagnose.
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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2007 08:28:49 PM »

so...i'm air knitting right now and i think that i wrap counter clockwise when i knit and clockwise when i purl...i've never heard that before...not sure that's what's wrong since it isn't consistent, but more consistent recently that i've been knitting in the round a lot... Huh

i still need to take a picture of the twisted stitch, but i'll do that soon...

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« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2007 07:56:45 PM »

sorry for the delay in posting a picture of what i'm talking about...here it is:



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« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2007 08:14:06 PM »

so...i'm air knitting right now and i think that i wrap counter clockwise when i knit and clockwise when i purl...i've never heard that before...not sure that's what's wrong since it isn't consistent, but more consistent recently that i've been knitting in the round a lot... Huh

i still need to take a picture of the twisted stitch, but i'll do that soon...

z

That's the problem, and why it doesn't show up when you knit in the round (where you never have to purl).

what's happening, is that when you purl, and wrap clockwise, you're doing it backwards from the rest of the time.... and ended up with a twisted stitch (which is a fun stitch if it's intentional)

my daughter does the same thing, with the same results - I had to stand behind her to watch her knit and purl, to see what was going on.

the solution is to always wrap the yarn in the same direction - counter-clockwise.  then you won 't be twisting the stitches, and it will look the same between stockinette, and knitting in the round.

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« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2007 10:17:00 PM »

well...this isn't cool!  i've been purling wrong...doh!  this would explain why i purl faster than i knit...boo!  i'm just trying to figure out why it only looks weird sometimes......
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