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Danyell
« on: April 09, 2006 09:36:16 AM »

When I knit in the round, all of my stitches lean to the side until I have a sort of "twister" pattern.


Here is an example of what I am talking about:





EVERYTIME I knit in the round, this happens. I can't figure out what I am doing wrong! I want the stitches to stay vertical!
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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2006 09:42:12 AM »

It's hard to tell from the pick, but it looks like you're twisting your knit stitches...whether or not that's the problem, i have no idea...
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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2006 09:52:54 AM »

How am I twisting my stitches? Sorry, I just don't understand.
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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2006 09:59:54 AM »

When you're doing a knit stitchif you insert your needle into the stitch from the back instead of the front, you twist the stitch 180 degrees, and to me it looks like your knit stitches are little Xs instead of Vs.  Hang on, I'll find a site that can describe it better.
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2006 10:01:15 AM »

Thanks!
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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2006 10:03:03 AM »

Do you happen to have a copy of Stitch and Bitch (the first one)?  That's the best explanation I've seen for twisted stitches.
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« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2006 10:17:02 AM »

Nope. I have the second one! aaaaarg
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« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2006 10:17:31 AM »

mine only do that when i do ribbing, and i have no idea why.  i'll switch from ribbing to stockinette on the same hat, and that part is fine.  i do knit tightly...maybe with the ribbing it gets pulled wonky?
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« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2006 10:20:27 AM »

Okay, I found this in my search, which may help...

http://www.maggiesrags.com/tips_biasing.htm

I haven't found anything for twisted knit stitches though, you should, if you can, get a copy of Stitch n' Bitch (library, friend, etc) and check the knitting basics chapter.

Edit: There's also a techniques with Theresa thing on Knitty.com that might help, but basically, if your knit stitches look like little Xs instead of little Vs, you're twisting your stitches too.  So you may just need to review your knitting technique.  How long have you been knitting?  It's a nice looking hat, so you can't be too new at it  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2006 12:05:04 PM »

I have no idea why it's twisting like that, but I can understand how annoying it must be. I have a link to a video of how to do a knit stitch the 'right' way, that way you can tell if you're twisting the knit stitches. There's also a video of the purl stitch if you feel you need it, and videos on how to knit in the round if that perhap helps.... I dunno, except for the hat leaning it looks great, nice and tight. Well, here's the link http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/basic_techniques/knit.php

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