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« on: July 21, 2004 11:29:15 AM »

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I am officially frustrated.
I am trying to make the kerchief to learn increasing stitches but it keeps getting screwed up.  The edge stitches for about two stitches in are all weird looking; almost lacy, gappy looking.  I can post a pic later if it would help.  One side looks almost normal, the other looks really screwy- but consistent.  I am following the directions verbatim.  I am using 100% cotton, cheap-o Sugar n Cream yarn (figured that would be more comfy to wear in hot hot Florida than any sort of wooly stuff!) .  help?
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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2004 01:34:55 PM »

i don't have the pattern in front of me, but are you sure you're knitting into the front and then the back of all of your stitches? 'cause i remember when i first tried increasing my stitches would do something similar because i would knit back to front and wind up with a yarn over somehow.  just take it slow and follow your diagrams.  good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2004 01:35:02 PM »

Are the "goofy" looking increases on the purl side or it this a garter stitch project (she says being too lazy to get up and look for herself  Wink)? My purl increases seriously vex me so that might be it. Post the pictures and see what people have to say.

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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2004 01:36:30 PM »

fyi greenchick, it is indeed all in garter stitch.
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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2004 06:11:31 PM »

OK, here is a photo of the offending stitches...
You can see them pretty well on the left side...  I just pulle dit offf the needles out of annoyance and knowing I wont be able to fix it.. 

Does this help you help me?   Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2004 06:58:26 PM »

it looks to me like you're just not pulling your increases tight enough.  i could be wrong, but give a little tension tug on those before knitting the last stitch.
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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2004 06:37:41 AM »

Thanks!  It seems like I am knitting them really tight as it is, but will give a little extra tug a try today!!
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« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2004 07:07:10 AM »

I gave this a try, but it still turned out crap. Worse than this one actually.  I ripped it out and then tried it again and the same funk - esp. in the beginning - say first 6 rows.  It seems like its SUPER tight to do the second stitch on the increase stitches, but then turns out all loose and weird.  I thought it was the yarn maybe, since I had never used 100% cotton before, but the same thing happened when I tried on some Wool Ease.  I am going to give it one more shot at lunchtime today and keep going a few more rows to see how it goes. 
Maybe I should stick to straight things for a while yet?
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« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2004 12:13:47 PM »

Are you sure you didn't drop a stitch over there?  It doesn't really look like it, but I just had the same situation yesterday with my Snowball Cat Bed and I looked at it forever before I realized that's what happened.  I saw the holes, but didn't realize I had dropped a stitch until I counted.

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« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2004 12:52:42 PM »

i am completely befuzzled.  however, do consider switching to a stretchier yarn like wool or acrylic.  to a beginner, cotton yarn just doesn't do the trick because your hands aren't used to adjusting tension like cotton requires.  i'm sorry, i just don't know what on earth is going on with your poor headscarf.
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