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Old 05-21-2007, 07:20 PM   #1
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Loose purl stitches
I read somewhere how to make sure that purl stitches are not loose - never had that problem before, but now in the socks I'm working on I'm getting ladders since the pattern has purls right there where the needles change. Thought it was in SNB but couldn't locate it... anybody know?
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Old 05-21-2007, 07:45 PM   #2
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The purls probably aren't the reason. What you should do is pull the yarn extra snugly when you change needles, and you will avoid the ladders. This is an extremely common problem with DPN's.
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Old 05-21-2007, 08:23 PM   #3
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I personally don't like doing purls at the needle change--it just doesn't look nice, so I switch the stitches around so I can change needles with a knit stitch--it seems easier to pull them tight enough to avoid ladders.
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Old 05-21-2007, 10:58 PM   #4
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It's not the purl stitches, ladders happen with knits where the needles change. In addition to pulling a littler tighter, you could do the next stitch on the same right needle, then start with the empty needle. Moving the needle change over a stitch or two on each one helps the looseness, or at least spreads it out over more stitches.

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Old 05-21-2007, 11:55 PM   #5
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"Walking" the stitches
When working dpns, I 'walk' the stitches around the needles so the break isn't at the same place.

I'll knit the first stitch from a 'fresh' needle onto my empty working needle, then immediately transfer that first stitch to the previous needle. Then I work the rest of the stitches normally. On my next needle change, I again transfer the first stitch to the previous needle.

With a place marker to tell me where the round starts, it really doesn't matter much usually whether that start is at the beginning, end or middle of the needle.

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Old 05-22-2007, 08:41 PM   #6
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Yeah when I'm knitting socks, I always, especially if its a purl stitch, knit the stitch very tightly when i switch needles!
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