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gardenia 01-28-2005 10:51 PM

stockinette stitches uneven -- help
Hi everyone,

I'm new to this forum and fairly new to knitting. This site is great! I thought someone might have a suggestion for my problem: my stockinette stitches sometimes look uneven (on the knit side, the columns of v's sometimes wiggle slightly back and forth). I don't think it looks very neat. Is this normal? If not, any idea what I'm doing wrong? It isn't extreme.

Any input would be appreciated.



Hildegard_von_Knittin 01-28-2005 11:06 PM

Hi gardenia! Your stitches might look funny because most people make thier knit and purl stitches with slightly different tensions; the purl tends to be a bit looser, which causes the other side's knits to wiggle a little. I consider myself an intermediate knitter, and this happens to me all the time when I am trying out new yarns. It's not a big deal, just practice practice practice!

gardenia 01-29-2005 04:31 PM

Thanks. I never really noticed this until I tried using a lovely cotton yarn for some baby hats (it is Classic Elite "Provence" -- so pretty). Maybe I can just see the stitches better. I will keep practicing. :cry:


Hildegard_von_Knittin 01-29-2005 05:12 PM

I hope you didn't think I was being critical :( By practicing, I meant just keep going and eventually your gage will even out. Practicing should be fun, anyway! I used to do needlepoint and I got so frustrated with myself for messing up that "practicing" became a chore, and my fun hobby turned into a pile of thread, needles and canvas shoved in a box in the basement. When I first started knitting I used to frong and start over every "project" (they all ended up being dishrags) at least 3 or 4 times; then I just started leaving them there, thinking of the mistakes as my signature... I tried to picture people ooing and ahhing over my dishrags going "ooh, this must be a *Carolyn* design--look at that row of twisted stitches! what a genius!" Anyway, sorry if I offended.

gardenia 01-29-2005 11:34 PM

Hi Hildegard. No, no offense taken! I appreciate the input. :)


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