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« on: July 11, 2009 07:59:09 PM »

Hello, I use to knit back in the day and have picked it up again. This is my first time using the purl stitch and apparently I'm horrible at it. It looks good for a few rows then it flips... I do knit purl knit etc. but some how it flips back and fourth which side is the right side. I have made 3 different swatches and they all turn out like this:

I would appreciate any advice or pointers... thanks!!
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2009 05:27:16 AM »

No one can help me? please? I've looked everywhere and no one else seems to have this problem. It looks like the knit side is on one side of the fabric for three-four rows then its the other side for three to four rows. I don't know how I'm doing it!
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2009 08:14:13 AM »

The only thing I can think of is that you're accidentally repeating a row, either knitting two rows or purling two rows and then resuming the alternating row pattern. So something like knit, purl, knit, knit, purl, knit, purl, purl, knit, purl....

If that is the case you just need to remember that when the smooth side is facing you, knit, when the bumpy side faces you, purl.
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2009 08:49:21 AM »

I agree, you're probably not alternating your knit and purl rows. Learn to read your knitting - the knit sts look like Vs and the purl sts like bumps. So if you turn the row, or pick up the piece to start working on it again, if you see bumps, purl the sts, and if you see Vs knit the sts.

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« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2009 09:25:42 AM »

It may help to keep track on a piece of paper.  Every time you knit a row, just write "k."  Every time you  purl, write "p."  Remember to knit one row, purl one row, knit one row, purl one row....  Also, it helps to remember: knit when you see V's, purl when you see bumps.

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« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2009 08:26:22 PM »

I've had this problem before. Depending on how often you're alternating between a knit or purl row, I've left a long tail where I've cast on and stuck up a post-it noting which end the tail should be at for knit or purl. I've also just made a tally of how many rows I've knitted or purled so far
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