Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-17-2006, 01:35 AM   #1
natave
Casting On
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
New knitter, bad purls
Hiya, I am a new knitter and I need some advice. I think I have the tension okay doing a garter stitch - no gaps, no holes. But trying a stockingette, I have lots of trouble. Purling is troublesome - I cannot get my hands to do the right thing and sort of hold the yarn oddly - it works to make the stitch, but I can't keep the tension straight. (I've watched the video, but my right hand won't do what it shows.) But with practice I'll get that, I suppose. The real problem is knitting the next row: I can't get the needle into the stitch - it seems backward? Does that make sense? I tried knitting into the back of the stitch, and that's helpful, but is that right? Am I doing this all too tightly?

the end product looks the way it ought to, but it is frustrating. please advise!!
natave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2006, 01:39 AM   #2
2girlsmom
Ribbing the Cuff
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 58
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Hi, I'm a newbie too, but it might make you feel better to know that purling was so awkward for me at first. I kept trying and kept watching Amy's videos and it clicked. I got frustrated more than once and felt I was doing something wrong. Everything just kind of clicked one day and I thought "aha!" that is how it works! Just keep trying and I am sure someone else here can offer some help :XX:
__________________

Leighann, married to Charles
homeschooling mama to Gabby (6) and Ruthie (almost 3!)
getting into knitting again... practicing things for now!
2girlsmom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2006, 02:05 AM   #3
tab
Knitting the Flap
 
tab's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Ontario
Posts: 305
Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via AIM to tab
I don't know whether you knit English or Continental, (I wonder if it matters) but this is my take on your problem.
I knit English. I recently discovered that I've been purling 'the wrong way' for rather a long time. I was wrapping the yarn the wrong way, resulting in twisted stitches. Instead of wrapping from top to bottom (counterclockwise) I had been wrapping from bottom to top (clockwise). This made my purls insanely difficult to knit into. Pay close attention to the way you're wrapping the yarn, and take a look at Amy's short purl video - the one of a single stitch. That's what really got it into my head properly.
Good luck!
__________________
Just because I'm easily distracted doesn't mean I
tab is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2006, 08:26 AM   #4
Ingrid
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Ingrid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Pleasant Valley, NY
Posts: 29,567
Thanks: 20
Thanked 2,224 Times in 1,828 Posts
That's exactly what I was going to say. If you're having trouble knitting in the next row, it's because your purls are twisted, either because you're wrapping wrong or inserting your needle wrong.

Try some purls english style. It's easier that way, and you'll see how the purl is supposed to turn out. Once you get your mind around it, it will be easier to do.
__________________
"Trust the pattern!"

Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.

Hop aboard while we follow the cloud-covered van of knitting harmony, man!! Woooo!! --Hedgehog

IngridKH on Ravelry
Ingrid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2006, 01:29 PM   #5
nade1958
Casting On
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Dickson City, PA
Posts: 5
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I know what you mean
I have the same problem...that purling stuff is kinda clumsy for me...I do things the English way ...I guess we just need practice :crying:
nade1958 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2006, 09:09 PM   #6
natave
Casting On
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Watched the vid, figured it out, happily purling (awkwardly, but untwisted.)_Thanks!
natave is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Please Help! Purls gone wrong pxandra How-to Questions 7 09-01-2011 10:14 AM
How to tighten purls lilylover72 How-to Questions 4 12-25-2010 06:58 PM
dropping purls Patsy Grace How-to Questions 9 02-04-2009 05:06 PM
Designs from purls? redheadrachel General Knitting 4 11-19-2007 01:58 AM
Which stitches are purls on the next row? Knitabit How-to Questions 5 08-28-2006 08:11 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:04 PM.