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Old 12-23-2010, 09:36 AM   #1
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Getting stretched rows! Please HELP!

I'm making a straight scarf as I am not a very experienced knitter, and I keep on getting my rows stretched out in between them. I'm using the normal knit stitch so basically when i do a row (the squiggily up and down row thing), and i then go on to the next row, the space before the row is stretched out and you can see all the kind of plait like looking stitching that you are not supposed to see.

Please help as I really want to make this good and it doesnt look very good at the moment!

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Old 12-23-2010, 11:36 AM   #2
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If you're knitting every row, you're working garter stitch.

A knit stitch creates a flat V as it faces you, and a purl bump on the back side. The 'stretched out' sections that you're seeing are the knit stitches.

Garter stitch results in a knit row and a purl row as it faces you, so there will be ridges, rather than every row being the same.

If you knit one row and purl one row, you get stockinette, where all the flat V's are one side and all the purl bumps are on the other.

So it sounds like you're doing it correctly and getting garter stitch. If you want it to be tighter, a thinner needle will give you that.
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Keep going. Once you get enough knitting on the needles you'll see those rows all blend in.

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