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« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2007 10:46:33 AM »

your first looks a ton better than my first did  Cheesy

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« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2007 02:53:40 PM »

Looks fantastic!!  The I know many knitters who have knit for years whose work looks ..... frankly, sloppy.  More even tension will come with time, even so, you will probably -- occasionally -- have areas with tension that differs slightly.  Small sections of rows do correct themselves during blocking so keep up the good work!

« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2007 05:45:06 PM »

Thanks for all the encouragement and comments Cheesy .  Blocking worked Cheesy and now I'm off to try cables Grin

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« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2007 10:13:32 PM »

I'm pretty sure that happens when you knit too loose.  It causes extra yarn to build up in one area.  I've been knitting for a few years after teaching myself as well and I still have that problem.  Stretching your finished project a bit can help to relocate any extra yarn that might build up.  Hope that helps.  Looking good!
« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2007 09:20:41 AM »

I get that too, most recently when I was working with a mostly cotton blend.  Blocking didn't really help.

To improve my future knitting, is there an easy way to diagnose what the problem is by looking at it.  In other words, by examining where the gaps appear, is there a way to tell if the problem is on the knits or the purls?  If the knits are too tight and the purls are too loose, or vice versa?
« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2007 10:41:10 AM »

It's usually a loose purl tension, but may be knit rows done tight. When you finish a row, look and see how many rows down it occurs. Then maybe you can figure out whether it's a knit or purl row.

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« Reply #16 on: August 21, 2007 09:21:52 PM »

If you're doing a stockinette or garter stitch where the whole row is either purl or knit stitches, use a larger needle for the right hand when you're doing the knit stitches or a smaller needle for the right hand when doing the purl stitches.  The right hand determines the stitch size.  Sometimes going just one size up or down is enough but it all depends on how different the stitches are. 

I just started a project using a 7 for my purls and an 8 for my knits and the stitches have come out much more even.

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