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Old 11-16-2011, 07:14 PM   #1
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Little holes- tension changes?
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Firstly a big thank you! I only started teaching myself to knit two days ago and this site has been fabulous.
I am attempting a scarf. Thanks to the tip about stitch counters I now have even rows of 25 stitches (without them I gained 6 stitches in one line!).
When I hold my scarf up to the light, I have some little holes. I don't think they are missed stitches and have seen from other posts that it could be that I can changing my tension as I go along a line. Does this mean I am doing one stitch looser than the others and that is what makes the little hole? If so, is there a way I can keep the tension the same or does this just come from experience? I have the yarn wrapped once around my little finger and then once around my index finger but it seems to get a bit stuck!
Thanks for any help! I haven't worked out how to post a photo yet from my iPad!
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:21 PM   #2
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If you just learned two days ago, then give yourself some time.

If you learned to play the violin two days ago, you'd hit a few sour notes, right? The same with knitting. The more you knit, the more even your stitches become.
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:22 PM   #3
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it could be just tension, especially since you're not increasing (or decreasing) sts and the holes seem small. Even tension will come with experience and it sounds like you've made a good start in the way you are holding the yarn. If it doesn't feel right you can always try another method since every knitting video seems to show a different method. if you block your knitting at the end, some of the holes may even out.
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:58 PM   #4
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Thanks for the help! I thought I was probably just needing experience but nice to have it confirmed. Feeling quite proud of myself so far. I bought a book to learn from but your videos have been much more helpful!
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Old 11-17-2011, 05:07 PM   #5
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I'm glad you found this site so soon. I agree that you're doing great. I learned to knit from a book and DVD then gave it up for years until I came across this site and found out what I was doing wrong and what I was doing right. Just knowing how to make knits and purls doesn't make me a knitter. For now I'm calling some of my boo boos "design features". I think you'll find, as I have, that everything you make gives you a chance to learn something new, as well as a chance to improve what you've already learned. Handmade does not equate to perfect, but I look at photos posted here and have something that looks like perfection to aspire to. Keep up the good work! Pat yourself on the back for me.
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:50 AM   #6
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Thanks Gramma. It's looking pretty good now. I have relaxed into the stitches now and it's actually looking like knitting!
Is there anything I can do to make the first section relax off? After I've finished, if I wash the scarf will it help even it out a bit? As I was pulling the thread far too tight at the beginning, the first section isn't as wide.
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If it's acrylic yarn you can try washing and drying according to the ball band directions. If it's wool, try pinning it out on a flat surface to the correct dimensions and spritzing it with water. Let it dry completely and see if that helps. It may not even out enough but I would stil treasure it as a wonderful first project.
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You could also do the other end tighter, either working tighter stitches or using a size smaller needles.

I have a blue and white striped long scarf with lots of boo boos that I keep, it was my first real project.
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Those are very helpful suggestions, thank you!
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