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Anarfea
04-25-2009, 06:13 PM
I got 6 lovely balls of Rowan Wool Cotton in the mail today. cloud9

And I discovered that "supurb stitch definition" translates roughly to "will show off your every tension error."

I didn't even know I had tension problems. I guess now that I think about it, all of my flat knitting has been with textured or verigated yarns and all of my knitting with smooth solid colors has been in the round.

So, while swatching with the wool cotton, I figured out that the right "arms" of my knitted Vs are a bit buffer than the left ones, which I guess means I'm purling looser than I knit.

I tried out this combination thing, and I like the fabric, and I think it's faster, and I was like, so this is all very well and good for my guage swatch, but how do I make a right slanting decrease? Is there like a support group for combined knitters, or something?

suzeeq
04-25-2009, 06:49 PM
For decreases, switch what it says in the pattern - ssk will slant left and k2tog will slant right. You can look at Annie Modesitt's (http://www.anniemodesitt.com) site for more tips.

knitasha
04-25-2009, 10:41 PM
Grumperina has a useful conversion chart.
http://www.grumperina.com/table.pdf

But the two switches that Suzeeq suggests cover much of it.

Anarfea
04-26-2009, 09:43 AM
Thanks this is helpful. But i'm also trying a different purling technique to see if I can tighten things up a bit...

knitasha
04-26-2009, 07:03 PM
Any technique that gives you the fabric you want is good.

Eastern Uncrossed style is (or was) prevalent in Russia, where my grandparents came from, and the purl is different from Combined.
Here's an explanation and a video. Maybe it is also used in Hungary?

http://dianasfibermeditations.blogspot.com/2008/02/medallion-capelet-done-combination.html