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juddahski 10-14-2007 01:04 PM

Tension giving me tension
Hi! everyone I am a new knitter. I have made a scarf and now I am trying to make a sweater. The patteren is all garter stitch. Two rectangle sleeves and an uncomplicatted front and back. I am not having problems with the directions so much as keeping my stiches even. I can not seem to keep the tension the same any suggestions. I have started over so many times I am afraid it will be summer before I complete the project

Jan in CA 10-14-2007 01:10 PM

You can try making sure you hold your yarn the same way as you it gets an even tension. If the yarn is wool you can block it when you're done to help even it out or if it's acrylic just washing it works wonders.

Mostly though... it just takes practice, practice, practice. Just keep going, the more you knit the better you get. :hug:

Welcome to KH btw!

suzeeq 10-14-2007 01:59 PM

I second what Jan said. It takes a while to develop regular tension and in the meantime, blocking/washing will even out the stitches quite a lot.

brittyknits 10-14-2007 03:38 PM

Are you knitting continental (German) or throw (English)? Continental will make for a more even guage, but if you're already knitting throw, then you probably just want to stick with that for now. And as the others here said, it's really just practise, practise, practise. Also, depending on the yarn you're using, different needles may help. If it is a yarn with more "grab", such as a lopi wool, you will want more slippery needles, such as the teflon coated metal. But if you are using a slippery yarn, such as silk, then you will want a rougher needle, such as bamboo. That affects how the yarn moves over the needle which will in turn affect the even-ness of your tension.

Jan in CA 10-15-2007 01:17 AM


Originally Posted by brittyknits (Post 982212)
Continental will make for a more even guage,

I have to respectfully disagree. I know many knitters who do gorgeous work who knit english style. It's all a matter of preference and practice no matter which style you choose. ;)

suzeeq 10-15-2007 02:05 PM

True, many continental have posted that their purl is too tight or too loose compared to their knit, so that doesn't sound like it's more even.

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