View Full Version : A New Technique is an Adventure

02-26-2011, 01:34 AM
]'m not a super knitter. I don't finish a lot over the years. But I went from English to Continental. I always knit tight. Then, I decided I wanted to learn Combined Knitting. But there are no good Combined Knitting DVDs that I can find. I can't quite grasp, how to fix mistakes in combined knitting if the goal is to end up with a twisted knit stitch. Or how would you knit back backwards in combined knitting? So, I am holding off on combined knitting until someone shows how to fix mistakes so your orientation stays combined. But I did read that some of my problem was combined knitting needs a purl row set up to twist the knit stitch.

I keep confusing clockwise and counterclockwise wrapping in combination knitting as you look toward the working tip of the needle.

Anyway in Continental, I did have some rowing out issues on the purl side, but it's getting better and my tension is looser now I've learned to use a Norwegian purl for the purl stitch. Plus, it's great for ribbing.

My current frustration is how to fix mistakes in fisherman's ribbing or a brioche rib. Are there any DVDs about that. Does anyway have any advice.

Oh, by the way, I had Carole Wulster's pamphlet, Cable Knitting Freedom, which I forgot and left behind at Kinkos when I was copying some paperwork. I paid around $15 for it. It's currently out of print in the states and a used copy is going for $91.

Has anyone else noticed that esoteric knitting books that have limited print runs, etc., seem to be a good investment. Sort of like the old and wonderful French Knitting stitch guides by Mon Tricot. Too bad we can't predict which ones will be valuable and start a rare knitting book investment club for our 401Ks

02-26-2011, 10:14 AM
The goal in combined knitting is NOT to end up with a twisted knit stitch, quite the opposite, just as in english or continental knitting. So you drop sts to fix mistakes exactly the same. When you knit in the round combined, you do it the same as you would continental, there's no need to change that. However you knit or wrap the purls, just work into the leg closest to the needle tip and that will result in untwisted sts. The knit and purl videos here include combined, and I'm sure you can find some on you tube as well.

Fisherman's or brioche is tricky, have you looked at www.briochestitch.com for how to fix mistakes? I can't drop sts in it, but I usually spot the mistake on the next row or two so I just take it out. I've been able to rip back and reinsert my needle to fix the sts that are out of whack.

02-26-2011, 12:47 PM
Thank you. The problem I'm having with a fisherman's rib is halfway along the row the stitch that unravels when I knit into the right leg of the stitch below will unravel down to the cast on. That and crocheting ladder back up properly for stitches that go into the row below. I'll go to that website on brioche.

Now, I didn't explain myself properly. I know the stitches aren't supposed to twist. But the knits are purls are supposed to have different orientations on the needle--fixing a mistake so the orientation is correct per combined knitting is something someone should do a DVD on.

02-26-2011, 03:05 PM
"The problem I'm having with a fisherman's rib is halfway along the row the stitch that unravels when I knit into the right leg of the stitch below will unravel down to the cast on."

That shouldn't be happening, the stitch will only drop down to the stitch on the row below that you've been knitting into. Did you look at the k-b video on our Glossary page here, and take a look at the other knitting fiend (http://www.thedietdiary.com/blog/lucia/291)'s site.

03-14-2011, 01:02 PM
I really can't help with most of your concerns, however, for a really good video and help with combined knitting I really like Grumperina's blog. Any of the stitches you do in combined should be 'fixable' using any of the accepted methods. It's all just knit and purl, after all. When my knit project is finished no one can tell "I knit funny".