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Old 12-31-2006, 11:51 AM   #1
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Putting stiches back on the needle
Hi all...I have a question about putting stiches back on the needle. I know that the leading strand must be in front on a knit stich but is this true for all stiches? Thanks, Hollie
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Old 12-31-2006, 12:04 PM   #2
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When I put stitches back on a needle, I just get them on there, without regard to their direction. Then, once I know they're secure, I untwist them as necessary. I'm not sure what you mean my lead strand, however.
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Old 12-31-2006, 12:10 PM   #3
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Hi Ingrid, How do you know if they are twisted? What I mean by leading strand (I took this term from the video offered on this site) is the strand that connects the left side to the right side, so that is the unworked side to the worked side. I know it is supposed to be in front for a knit stich but I don't know if it is the same for a purl.
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The best way I've seen stitches described is to imagine the loop on the needle as a horseback rider facing the point of the left needle. His right leg should be slightly forward for both knit and purl.
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Old 12-31-2006, 12:58 PM   #5
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Putting stiches back on the needle
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The best way I've seen stitches described is to imagine the loop on the needle as a horseback rider facing the point of the left needle. His right leg should be slightly forward for both knit and purl.
Ahhh, Interesting. I'll give that a try. Sounds good! Thanks!
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Re: Putting stiches back on the needle
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How do you know if they are twisted?
If it's hard to knit. If it fights back when you put the right needle into it, it's probably twisted.
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that is the best descrition I have ever seen/heard

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So what happens if a stich IS twisted? Does it just look wrong or is there a more serious consequence?
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It just looks a bit different than the rest. If an entire row is twisted, it's hard to work the next row.
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re: The best way I've seen stitches described is to imagine the loop on the needle as a horseback rider facing the point of the left needle. His right leg should be slightly forward for both knit and purl.

a GENERALLY true statement.

but in different styles of knitting this is not always true.

(see anne modesitt's blog for a tutorial on combo knitting)
in combo knitting, stitches that were purled in previous row, are turned.

that is for most knitting stitch are like this:
/////////////

but its normal in combo knitting (when working stocking knit) to have:
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\
and if working ribbing, (2 X2)
\\//\\//\\//\\

combo knitters are about 10% (or more) of knitters in US.

world wide, they are about 50% of knitters!
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