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WingsandRings 11-03-2010 09:57 PM

Garter Stitch question (very basic!)
Hey, I'm a beginner knitter. I'm trying to make a scarf, just knitting every row. While the beginning of the scarf has the stitches sitting nicely on top of each other from row to row, as I go on, the negative space between the stitches (the little loops) are getting wider. I thought maybe I needed to be tighter with the tension. No, didn't work. I thought maybe looser. No, didn't work. I'm starting the think the weight of the yarn is weighing on itself and pulling the rows apart the further I go and the more weight is hanging off of the needles.

HELP! I just want pretty rows that sit on top of each other.

kmaclean 11-03-2010 10:41 PM

It's hard to tell from your description ... do you have a picture of your work that you could post? Might be easier to tell by seeing the problem.

If you're doing everything the same, then maybe it is just that the piece is stretched a little by it's own weight as it's hanging off your needles? Does laying it flat (which would take the weight off and eliminate any stretching) correct the issue?

WingsandRings 11-03-2010 10:59 PM

This might seem like a really pathetic question, but how do I lay it flat while knitting? do I just keep it in my lap and hunch over? I definitely think it is the weight pulling on it, and any advice to minimize it would be much much much appreciated. :)

suzeeq 11-03-2010 11:02 PM

Lay it down flat on a table.

If you're using a large needle that could make the rows stretch out. What yarn are you using, and what size needle?

WingsandRings 11-03-2010 11:06 PM

Baby alpaca chunky with size 13 needles (as called for -- basically -- by the pattern) 108 yards that's 3.5 oz

The first 5 to 6 rows do great, but as it gets heavier and longer that it starts to stretch.

suzeeq 11-03-2010 11:58 PM

It's going to stretch a little, but not forever, and it's a good size match for the yarn. If you don't want it to stretch so much, then don't do it in garter stitch. Stockinette (with a garter border to keep it from curling) ribbing, seed stitch are a little more stable.

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