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Topic: Why does my Stockinette st look like this???  (Read 1171 times)
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« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2007 03:18:41 AM »

It's obvious that you are twisting every stitch in the row, but only every second row. Half the rows are perfect.

There are only two ways I know of to do this: on either your knit rows or your purl rows, you are twisting your stitches. You may be wrapping your wool in the wrong direction, or working into the back of the stitch. Check out videos of knitting online to see what you are doing differently.

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« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2007 06:46:36 AM »

Yup, I used to do it, too... I knit into the back of my knit stitches for like a year and a half, the suddenly one day I was like, "...why does that knitting look different than mine?"

Don't worry about it, everyone does it  Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2007 09:29:00 AM »

Thanks for all your help, guys! Cheesy I checked out some of the videos mentioned and I think I know what my problem is. Cool

I have been knitting into the 'leading edge' of the stitch, but the leading edge is the back end of the stitch, and that's what's twisting the stitches.... I just need to knit into the back of the stitch, or slip the stitch off and correct it before knitting it. Thanks for the video links, soozeq! Kiss 
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« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2007 12:07:36 PM »

You're welcome. You could be purling the wrong direction - the leading edge of the knit stitch is supposed to be the one in front. If it's on the back side of the needle, the purls are wrapped the wrong direction.
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« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2007 05:13:37 PM »

I used to purl in the wrong direction, and my stockinette looked like this. I always like to remember that if you're knitting, you're going to wrap towards the back, but if you're purling, you're wrapping towards the front. Clockwise and counterclockwise respectively.
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« Reply #15 on: September 28, 2007 06:00:26 PM »

You are right to knit into the leading edge, but you have been doing something that puts the wrong side of the stitch on the leading edge. Instead of knitting a stitch based on which leg is on the front of the needle (which can vary depending on what you are doing) knit it through the rightmost leg of the stitch.
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« Reply #16 on: September 29, 2007 06:39:50 AM »

Hooray! I did a sampler square last night to see if my theory was correct, and it was..... and I fixed it!
Take a look!

Before:

After!


Thanks guys for all your help! Grin
I still purl the 'wrong way', but now I knit into the back of the stitch and it comes out fine Grin I find it's faster and easier this way, I tried purling the right way but it took too long (heehee lazy me) Roll Eyes
 
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« Reply #17 on: September 29, 2007 06:43:36 AM »

Hey man, whatever works, huh?  Grin  Congrats!

Although, if you ever want to take up lace, that would probably make a difference...
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« Reply #18 on: September 29, 2007 07:52:06 AM »

Yeah, it's okay to do that, as long as you like the results.
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