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Old 01-22-2009, 12:05 AM   #1
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Knitting in round looks different from flat
Hi! I'm relatively new to knitting, and this is my first post here. I didn't see this topic posted elsewhere - hopefully it's not a repeat.

I'm kniting my first sweater, and I noticed that the sections of stockinette where I'm knitting flat look different from those where I'm knitting in the round. In the round, all rows are uniform, but knitting flat the purl rounds seem to have one side of the V sticking up more than the other. This makes the texture of the garment change where it's not supposed to.

I usually knit with the yarn in my left hand (Continental?) and found that if I switch the yarn to my right hand on the purl rows I can achieve the flat look of my knitting in the round.

Two questions:
1. Can this issue with the different textures be fixed in blocking? If tried stretching and pulling while the sweater is in progress, but it doesn't seem to help. I'm not sure if it'll be different when the yarn is wet.
2. Does anyone know why the purl stitches would look so different depending on which hand is holding the yarn? Theoretically it shouldn't make a difference, right?

Thanks in advance for any answers or advice.
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