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Old 12-04-2007, 10:23 PM   #1
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Space b/t Stitches when changing from knit to purl
Hi there! When I knit things with ribbing or cables, I always end up with "spaces" (large gaps of yarn) when transitioning from knit stitch to purl stitch. This always happens on the reverse side of the piece too because there I am also going from knit to purl. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I may be doing wrong?

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Old 12-04-2007, 10:38 PM   #2
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You're probably not doing anything really wrong-- just try tugging the yarn and making sure it's pretty tight when you go from a knit stitch to a purl stitch. If you knit in the round on dpns, that is also when that problem shows up-- and the same solution applies. By the way-- some yarn and needles are more slippery than others and so it's more of an issue then. But still, just tug and tighten and you should be okay.
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When you go from the knit to the purl, purl the stitch through the back loop. On the other side, knit that stitch through the back loop to untwist it. It's supposed to use less yarn that way, and it minimizes the strand between the knit and purl.
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Originally Posted by Ingrid View Post
When you go from the knit to the purl, purl the stitch through the back loop. On the other side, knit that stitch through the back loop to untwist it. It's supposed to use less yarn that way, and it minimizes the strand between the knit and purl.
Does this trick work if you're knitting in the round (i.e., would you just always purl thru the back loop as you're never on the "other side" when you're knitting in the round)?
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Old 12-05-2007, 11:18 AM   #5
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You can try that. That was the advice given to someone in another thread.
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Originally Posted by yarnrainbow View Post
Does this trick work if you're knitting in the round (i.e., would you just always purl thru the back loop as you're never on the "other side" when you're knitting in the round)?
I was unsure of this myself, but I did it through the back loop on every purl--very uncooperative yarn--and it seems to work.
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:23 PM   #7
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I may have solved the problem. I wrapped the yarn clockwise around a twisted purl stitch. I'm going to make a sample with photos and blog it and share here when it's done. Soon....
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