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Old 04-06-2007, 11:07 PM   #1
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Corrugated ribbing tension
Hi all

I'm doing the gorgeous Anemoi Mittens by Eunny. I have started the corrugated ribbing on them and OH MY GOD I had no idea corrugated ribbing was this tedious and tricky! My tension on the mitts was quite good, but for the ribbing it has to be so loose - and slow, my God, the CC purl is killing me slowly.
When the ribbing is relaxed and allowed to pull in, the purls become very loose: they have to be, or the cuff won't stretch to fit over the hand. But this means they kind of sag or puff when the ribbing is relaxed (at least so far): the floats are positively huge!
Any tips please? On making the coloured purls look as good as they do in Eunny's photo (is this just a matter of great tension, or some blocking trick?) or on making the ribbing faster/easier? I knit Continental normally, both hands for stranded colourwork, main colour in the left (3 stitches) and contrast in the right (1 purl) for this corrugated ribbing. It's quite clumsy.

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