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redheadrachel 06-03-2007 07:50 PM

Knits and Purls uneven
I have a problem in my knitting that I've never noticed when doing projects with small knitting needles, but it's somewhat obvious when I'm doing projects with larger needles (I'm working with size 13s right now for an afghan): my knits and my purls aren't even.

For example: When working stockinette stitch, I will knit the row on the right side, then I purl the wrong side of the work. However, after doing two rows of stitches (one was knit, one was purl) one row of stitches looks larger (probably looser) than the other row. Once again, I think this problem looks exaggerated when I'm using the larger needles, because it's never been a problem before. I've tried increasing the tension on the loose rows and trying to loosen the tighter rows, but I can still see that there's unevenness in my stitching.

Any suggestions?

suzeeq 06-03-2007 08:03 PM

This happens to a lot of us; mine are uneven sometimes, and okay other times... onthe same size needle. It's usually because of how the purl stitch is wrapped - it can be looser. If it's really obvious, you could use an 11 for the purl row and see if that helps.


Vendie 06-03-2007 08:06 PM

Many people tend to purl more loosely than they knit, or vice versa. So you could try going down a needle size for either the knit or purl row, depending on which one's looser.

redheadrachel 06-03-2007 08:54 PM

Thanks for the super quick reply! I'll use the different size needles when I need to, but I'm going to keep working on making my stitches a little more precise.

Where would I be without

redwitch 06-03-2007 09:01 PM

It's called rowing out, search for more info, using a different needle size often does help, can be done on interchangeables too!

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