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« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2006 09:41:49 AM »

oh, i don't think there's a wrong way to knit, as long as you get the results you want.   Wink

i also have a problem with my purling being looser than my knitting, seems like no matter what i do ... maybe this will help me too!


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« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2006 10:18:39 AM »

I can do this!!!!! When I first learned how to purl I was soooooo slow that i thought there had to be another way to do it. One day I was playing around and then I just figured it out.....I kinda miss the "celebratory turn" at the end of the row though. It is so much faster for me that I guess it is worth it. I am right handed if that makes a difference.
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« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2006 01:14:00 PM »

I can do it, and sometimes it is handy, but it is pretty important to learn to purl with good tension because sooner or later you are going to want to do pattern stitches that have a lot of purl stitches.

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I just remembered the last time I used this and a situation where I found it really handy: Turning a short row heel on a sock. I was not comprehending how to pick up wraps on the purl side so I just knit back and forth.
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« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2006 03:18:22 PM »

oh, i don't think there's a wrong way to knit, as long as you get the results you want.   Wink

i also have a problem with my purling being looser than my knitting, seems like no matter what i do ... maybe this will help me too!

Yeah, I know, but someone just wanted to point out that their way was better, I guess. My knitting does always turn out exactly the way it should, so I really could care less.

On the loose purling -try pulling the stitch tight after you have inserted your needle -this works for me.
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« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2006 03:32:24 PM »

I knit right and left handed and I love it. Mostly I use it when I work lace or stockinette, but I can knit most stitches left handed in a pinch.
It's merits tend to be most prominent in a few cases, namely, rows with very few stitches and color work. In both cases, having to turn the work is a disatadvantage.

Is it worth learning? Probably and being a left, it should be easier for you than most. Start with something that you won't be sad if it's a little wonky, like a dish cloth, and then work up to just doing a row out of every 10 backwards, to get yourself acustomed to it.
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« Reply #15 on: April 21, 2006 01:50:11 AM »

thanks for the advice, Marnie.  my mom will be getting a new batch of wonky dishcloths this summer as a dubious present, I'm sure.

rhiandmoi, yes, shortrows!  i think if i learn how to do this it'll be easier for me to imagine them in my head, and my small-toy-knitting freestyle is going to improve tremendously.

as for the loose tension on purl stitches, it only becomes an issue when i combine knitting in the round with flat knitting, and my gauge between the two is different.  otherwise, it's hard to tell it's happening when i look at the finished project.  but it still bothers me that i can't figure out why it's going on.  i've tried multiple angles of holding the needles, different ways of holding the yarn, etc etc etc.  it remains a mystery. 

i should take my knitting to the LYS that has an instructor on weekends to deal with this purl issue, but i got in a big fight with them on my last visit over whether or not babies should wear black knitwear (i was pro, he was con) that devolved into shouting (on his part) and i haven't gone back.  that was our second shouting match actually -- the first one was over acrylic yarns (i thought they would be appropriate for babies in warm climates, and he told me why don't i just wrap a plastic bag around its head).  it's kind of funny now that i think about it.  shopping in Athens often seems to be an adventure in misplaced aggression. Wink
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« Reply #16 on: April 21, 2006 07:54:16 AM »

Geeze, it sounds like your LYS guy is pretty opinionated.
I'm fine with babies in black and acrylic...heck, why not black acrylic? I don't think I would go back to a place where someone yelled over something so benign.

If your purls are at all wonky, you may want to check out Annie Modesitt's site. She knits combined which is the same way I knit.
http://www.anniemodesitt.com/purl.html
I think it's much easier to get an even tension, though it does throw some interesting curve balls at you if you aren't used to it. I won't belabor the topic if it doesn't interest you, but if you are feeling interested, you can always PM me Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2006 08:10:36 AM »

I do knit back and forth without turning. I'm a left hander but have no problems just using my right hand to knit back the otherway. I hadnt done it in years and had forgotten about it, until I strated trying to learn entrelac.
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« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2006 08:12:41 AM »

Doesn't it twist the stitches or something? And if your left handed, by "right handed knitting" do you mean english? I taught myself both english and continental, but I teach people continental.


I hope I did the quote correctly. But no...it doesnt twist the stitches.
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« Reply #19 on: June 12, 2006 10:29:40 PM »

My chemistry teacher's nephew does this.  (Haha, what a funny relation.  I didn't realize it would sound so funny until I typed it out here.)  He's dyslexic, so while watching his sister knit and purl he sort of picked it up halfway and figured out the other half for himself.
I've tried purling like this before, but, being far from ambidextrous myself (I can't even knit Continental because my left hand sucks so bad) it was too slow to be worth anything.
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