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Topic: I've been purling wrong my whole life!  (Read 1316 times)
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« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2005 01:11:05 PM »

I'm glad I'm not alone! I didn't realize this was so common... Yikes!

Jen, homeschooling mom of 4
« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2005 01:39:23 PM »

I've always had a handle on knit and purl, but it turns out I was doing my yarn overs wrong for a couple years.  I started to question what I was doing wrong on a baby blanket.  The alphabet was done in eyelets, and while it showed up, mine was not nearly as visible as the one in the picture.  I chalked it up to a good blocking and didn't worry anymore about it.  Then, I started working on a lacy shawl, and something (I can't remember what) wasn't working right.  I asked my Mom, and showed her what I was doing, and she said, "What are you doing?" 

Me:  "A yarn over."
Her:  "No.  You're not.  You're winding the yarn around the needle in some strange fashion."

I didn't believe her, so I went on the interent and asked on some forum, and, um, turns out Mom was right.  A YO, done correctly, is simply bringing the yarn forward.  I was looping it around in some strange way that I could show you, but I can't explain.  It made a YO, but it was twisted (I thought that was just the way YOs were!), and it wasn't as big a hole as it should have been. 

I ended up frogging the baby blanket, because it was so much better done correctly.  I haven't gotten back to it, yet.  I'm still bitter.


Making an effort to use proper English and not 'net slang makes me much more willing to respond to your post.
« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2005 07:18:25 AM »

This summer, I learned that I was purling wrong. I didn't notice it until a mitten that was supposed to be adult size was only child-size!

See the 2 pair side-by-side. The pink pair was purling wrong, the green pair was purling correctly. I happened to mention the size problem at the LYS where I got the yarn & pattern, and they watched me knit and purl, then showed me how to purl correctly. What a difference! And, I don't hate purling as much as I used to (no wonder).

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