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« on: January 07, 2006 10:31:50 PM »

ok, i just learned how to knit cables about a week ago. i am attempting to knit the irish hiking wrist warmers. anyhow my cables (and the ribs for that matter) have very loose stitches around them. i have tried knitting those stitches extra tight and it still looks bad. is this normal? thanks in advance
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2006 11:57:47 PM »

someone has to know! please help me i am getting very frustrated with this armwarmers!
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2006 12:29:48 AM »

I've done one cabled project and my stitches on the left were fine, but my stitches on the right were extra loose...I tried knitting tighter and everything too, I don't know why it did that! I guess that's not help, but at least you're not alone.
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2006 07:37:05 AM »

That happens to a lot of people.  I got that issue sometimes too, especially when I first started cabling.  It could dissappear as you knit cables more, but if it doesn't, you could knit/purl the loose stitches twisted.  This means that you wrap the yarn the opposite direction around the needle from what you would normally do, then complete the stitch as normal.  Your stitch will look slightly different, but it will be tighter.  You can see which look you prefer. 
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2006 07:42:43 AM »

I have this problem with the left most stitch of a rib or a cable as well.  (we're not alone.  If you look at the Men's Zippered Raglan photos in Last Minute Knitted Gifts, all of the ribs are loose on the left hand side.)

I have had some ribbed and/or cabled items work themselves out tension-wise with wear and washing over time, but other than that I'm not sure.  I try to pay attention to how I'm working that stitch and that seems to help (but then I get going and forget to pay special attention and we're back at square one!) 
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2006 12:49:35 PM »

thanks guys!
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