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Ronda 01-10-2014 02:31 PM

feeling like a newbie knitting
 
I've been knitting for about 10 years (although I did take a few years off due to rotator cuff problems), but I feel like a newbie asking this question.

Last night I knitted my daughter one of two boot cuffs. When I finished, I noticed that my cast on side of the cuff was narrower than the cast off side of the cuff. I do tend to cast on tight, but I usually loosen up on the very first row. Blocking helped even it out, but I wondered if this is normal/common, a problem with tension, or something else. Any suggestions would be helpful.

RochesterKnitter 01-10-2014 02:46 PM

I assume you're speaking just about the actual CO row and BO row.

I think most knitters have tighter COs and BOs. Thus people compensate.
Some people CO over two needles.
Directions usually remind us to BO loosely.
Some people go up a needle size to CO or BO.

GrumpyGramma 01-10-2014 03:09 PM

For a LTCO I will sometimes go up a needle size, especially when I need to be sure it's not tight. I found that in trying to get the stitches to look nice I was tightening them too much. A gentle pull on the yarn over my thumb helps get them snugged but not too tight. A knitted or cable cast on makes it easier for me to maintain a looser but still even tension. HTH and of course YMMV.

salmonmac 01-10-2014 06:43 PM

It might help to try another cast on, too. After years of using other methods, I'm just delighted with the results of the tubular cast on and bind off. They are each very stretchy and create elegant finished edges.

Ronda 01-11-2014 10:36 AM

Thanks for the suggestions! :muah:

I have always used the long tail cast on. I think it's time to try something new. I'll also try using a different needle size to cast on if I continue with long tail. Like you, GrumpyGramma, I think I snug things up too much when I cast on because I want it to be neat.


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