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adams87 05-27-2012 04:06 PM

Question about my ridges
Hey guys:

For some reason, when i do a regular knit stitch, after doing two or three rows, this is quite a distance between ridges. Is this normal? I am practicing using size 11 inch needles (8mm). Would this change if I decreased the size of my needles?

salmonmac 05-27-2012 04:20 PM

It depends on the weight of yarn that you're using too, but certainly size 11 needles are rather large and will give quite a distance between ridges unless you're using very bulky yarn. If you want the knitting to look tighter with less distance betweein ridges, drop down in needle size and see how that affects the fabric of your knitting.

suzeeq 05-27-2012 04:40 PM

You may purl looser than you knit (or vice versa). Look at Techknitter's blog for information. It can also happen with smaller needles, so that's not necessarily the cause; you might not be used to the tension for larger ones though.

adams87 05-27-2012 07:36 PM

HEHE, I havent learned to purl yet. Thats next on my list.

suzeeq 05-27-2012 08:51 PM

Oh, in that case it's probably just the looser gauge. To keep the edge sts neat and even instead of loose, knit the first st, pull the yarn a little, then knit the next couple stitches a bit tighter. That should make them nice and tidy.

Ingrid 05-27-2012 10:15 PM

I agree to try a smaller needle. An 8 or 9 is a better fit if you're using regular worsted weight yarn.

fatoldladyinpjs 05-30-2012 07:21 PM

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I've noticed that, too, with my knitting. I'm doing this Dr. Who scarf. This thing is ridiculously long. I think it's supposed to be 15 feet long when done, but I'm not sure. I'm about 3/4 of the way done with it. It's all garter stitch. I think that you relax as you're knitting and your tension gets a little loose. That's why it seems like some garter ridges are farther apart than others. If it bugs me, I rip it out and do it over. Try holding your working yarn a little tighter. You didn't say if you were knitting English or Continental. Wrapping the yarn around one of your fingers one or two times helps.

adams87 05-31-2012 02:08 PM

Ironically, I am right handed but use the continental method :D

suzeeq 05-31-2012 03:39 PM

Many right handers knit continental and quite a few left handed people knit english style with the yarn in the right hand. Left and right hand in knitting only refers to which one you hold the yarn with, not your natural handedness.

fatoldladyinpjs 06-01-2012 01:01 AM

It takes a while to get the hang of it. Just keep practicing. You'll get much better. Work on getting the motion right until it becomes an easy habit, then worry about the tension.

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