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« on: August 14, 2012 10:35:14 AM »

I am pretty new to knitting and i am already incredibly frustrated. I am trying to do bar increases, which I know are probably one of the easiest knitting techniques possible but it is driving me absolutely bonkers.  For some reason when I go through the back, wrap the yarn and try to go back through my yarn is so tight on my needles that I can't even move them.  I am a pretty loose knitter so I don't think its my tension. I have watched two Youtube videos on it and I think I am doing the technique properly but some thing just can't be right. Please Help!!
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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2012 12:19:42 PM »

When you go through the back loop, are you accidentally splitting any of the strands of yarn already there? Most of my times my stitches end up really tight it is because I have accidentally stuck the tip of my needle between two plys from a previous stitch. It could very well be something else, but that's my first thought. Hopefully that helps!

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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2012 12:24:02 AM »

I had never heard "bar increase" before now. I only knew it as kfb. How weird.

Anyway, i had that problem when i learned how to kfb, too, but i was a tighter knitter then... so that probably had something to do with it.

It took me a lot of practice to figure out how to keep it loose. One thing i do is make sure when i knit into the front and the back, i make sure to pull each stitch a little extra, making each loop a little bit bigger and therefore easier to work with. Does that make sense?

« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2012 07:16:44 AM »

If you wrap the yarn 'backwards' on purls that can make the stitches tighter because when you knit into the front loop it twists them. The yarn should be wrapped the same direction for both knits and purls, though if you don't want to change you can compensate by knitting into the back leg for regular stitches. For an increase you might have to slip the stitch knitwise and put it back on the needle so the leg closest to the tip is in front, then it's easier to knit into the back leg.

« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2012 08:37:35 AM »

Thanks for the replies I really appreciate it!! Problem solved! I was actually wrapping the yarn instead of picking it after I went front to back. You wouldn't think that it would make much of a difference but it was huge.  I also must admit that I was using super crappy yarn for a beginner, I beieve its called Homespun, it consists of basically super fuzzy lint wrapped around a piece of string but the color is so pretty that I can't part with it lol.
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2012 01:22:48 PM »

yeah, that yarn can be tough to knit with. A bigger needle might make it easier to use the Homespun yarn.

« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2012 05:27:37 PM »

The trick with homespun is to use a size 11 needle and keep your tension on the yarn really loose.

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