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« on: April 09, 2006 08:43:56 AM »

Hey, all, I have a question.

I've noticed that when I knit ribbing in the round, the first knit stitch after the cluster of purl stitches is split, or very very stretched out.  It doesn't seem to happen when I'm working a section back and forth, just when I knit in the round.  Is there something off with my tension?  Right now, I've seemed to remedy the problem by twisting the first knit stitch in the ribbing, but I was wondering if there was something very obvious I was doing wrong.
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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2006 08:47:55 AM »

Could be you just need to gently tug on the yarn on the last purl and first knit stitches and see if that helps.

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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2006 08:49:59 AM »

Could be you just need to gently tug on the yarn on the last purl and first knit stitches and see if that helps.

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I've tried doing that for a few rows, and it still was significantly more stretched out than the knit stitches next to it.  I'm not sure if that's because I already had four or so rows underneath that were stretched out, though...
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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2006 08:53:30 AM »

This is pure speculation, and not a solution but rather an attempt at an explanation for why it's an issue in the round and not back and forth.  It might be that you knit looser than you purl (or vice versa, which is what I totally do), and when you're always knitting a knit stitch, and purling a purl (instead of switching each row in back and forth), that difference in tension creates a visible difference.

If the twisting fixes it, then cool.
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2006 12:04:46 PM »

It might be that you knit looser than you purl (or vice versa, which is what I totally do), and when you're always knitting a knit stitch, and purling a purl (instead of switching each row in back and forth), that difference in tension creates a visible difference.

I totally agree with spudsayshi.  It sounds like a tension problem. 

Are you a continental knitter?  I've read (somewhere on Craftster) that continental knitters often have problems with looser purls than knit stitches.  I knit continental and found that the way I hold/wrap my yarn on my index finger greatly affects my tension.  I've experimented to find a way of holding it that helps me to maintain an even tension no matter what stitch I do.  This might be something for you to try.
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