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Old 11-11-2011, 06:57 PM   #1
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holding the yarn...tension?
Hey all :]

So, i just started doing this whole knitting business a few days ago, and im loving it! Ive gotten the knit stitch, and the purl stitch down and have been practicing those by alternating ever other row along with some other techniques here and there.

However, i do have one question at the moment.

I'm not really understanding the need to hold the yarn a certain way, like how some people wrap it around their pinky twice and then around their index finger or whatever.

I tried holding it a certain way, but i just feel like the yarn gets in the way when i try to wrap it...

Am i liike, holding it wrong? or does it just take getting used too?

I know it helps with tension, but again..i dont really understand the concept of that! lol.

So at the moment im kind of just letting the yarn droop i guess you can say and grabbing it when i need to wrap it around the needle.

Thanks everyone!! :D
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:20 PM   #2
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I think after you get used to it it's faster to hold it, plus you might have a more even tension. I know people that don't though and they do fine.

Since you just started I suggest you try to get used to wrapping the yarn on your hand. It'll make it easier when you get read to learn fair isle, too.
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There's tons of different ways to hold the yarn and wrap it, look at the videos on Youtube for some idea. Later on you may want to be more productive on your sts and holding it will help with that.
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You'd like to have an even tension because knitted projects look better if all the sts are about the same size. That way, the rows turn out close to the same width and height.
Also, when you start knitting garments, you'll want to make them a particular size. To do that you'll need to be able to knit at given number of stitches per inch (gauge) and even tension makes that easier.
There are lots of ways of holding yarn. Look at videos on this site and others and try different methods until you find one that seems comfortable. Welcome to KH and enjoy knitting!
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okay, okay.
thanks everyone :]]

i'll be sure to do that, and thanks for the quick replies!!
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