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tasi292
« on: August 20, 2007 09:15:02 AM »

I'm sorry if this has been asked before but i just can't find an answer. 

I started teaching myself to knit 10 days ago and I've been doing little garter swatches off and on during that time.  Last night I finally sat down to learn to purl and decided to try the stockinette stitch.  Trudging slowly along (it took 20 minutes to make this 4.5" x 5" swatch...AAARGGH) I came up with this:

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As you can see the swatch has all these little uneven furrows on the knit side and gaps on the purl  Angry Cry.  Am I knitting too tightly, loosely?  Is this a problem blocking will fix?

I am using worsted weight yarn on 5.0mm/US8 needles, and I'm a continental knitter. 

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help
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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2007 09:33:43 AM »

A lot of people have different tension on their knit and purl rows, and that's what it looks like. Considering you just started to purl, you're not doing too bad. More practice should help with getting your tension more even, and yes, blocking and/or washing will help the stitches even out.
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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2007 09:34:03 AM »

I'd guess you've got uneven tension. Blocking should fix it. BO your swatch, (if acryllic) wash it or (if wool) soak it, and pin. See what happens!
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2007 09:38:22 AM »

I'd guess you've got uneven tension. Blocking should fix it. BO your swatch, (if acryllic) wash it or (if wool) soak it, and pin. See what happens!

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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2007 09:39:11 AM »

Blocking really does wonders but I wouldn't worry too much about it. Keep practicing and your stitch tension will get much better. It's barely noticeable as it is.

BO means "bind off"
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« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2007 09:42:19 AM »

Thanks, darlings Cheesy  I was afraid I was doing something HORRIBLY wrong.  I guess since it's my first stockinette the furrows look glaringly obvious to me Wink
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« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2007 09:45:18 AM »

Your stockinette looks great, especially for your first try. I still get holes and weird spots if i'm not paying attention and I've been knitting for years.
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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2007 09:48:47 AM »

I think the only reason why there are no holes is because I was going so slowly.  20 minutes for that little swatch when I can knock out something like that in crochet in less than half the time.  Well, practice, practice, practice, something I totally don't mind doing...I'M ADDICTED Grin
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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2007 10:11:06 AM »

I think the only reason why there are no holes is because I was going so slowly.  20 minutes for that little swatch when I can knock out something like that in crochet in less than half the time.  Well, practice, practice, practice, something I totally don't mind doing...I'M ADDICTED Grin
Yeah, I hear ya on the crochet thing... I can do that much faster but I do love knitting even though it takes me a while to get things done Cheesy

Btw, your swatch looks great!  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2007 10:33:22 AM »

That looks great for a newbie.  I've been knitting for almost 10 years and I would still bumps like that in my knitting cause of tension. You're doing great.
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