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Old 11-12-2005, 04:09 PM   #1
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Having a hard time knitting into my purl stitches - tension?
I'm making this sailboat discloth...

Some of the rows (I'm up to 17) call for doing some knitting and some purl stitches...

then all of the even numbered rows are supposed to be knit straight across.

I have noticed that when I'm doing an even numbered row, and knitting straight across, that I have a really hard time getting the needle into the purl stitch. I have to stop and work on each one for a few seconds.

Whereas when I'm knitting into a knit stitch, no issues.

I noticed that with the purl stitch, the yarn sits differently (since it's a different stitch, duh) and the way the yarn is wrapped, just makes it harder to get the needle into.

Is this a normal newbie problem? Or could my tension be too tight on the purl stitches? Or is there something else I'm doing wrong?

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Old 11-12-2005, 04:43 PM   #2
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i think that it could be both. it is definitely possible that as a "newbie" you are knitting too tight making it harder, but i always find that knitting into a purl stitch is a little tougher just because of the way the stitch is situated. if that is your issue, you will get use to it!
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Old 11-12-2005, 04:59 PM   #3
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I had that problem with my purl stitches too, at first. I got into the habit of purposely purling loosely so I wouldn't have to fight with every stitch. It's a pretty easy habit to get into, I just give the right needle a bit of a pull towards myself just before I slide the stitch off the left one.
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Old 11-12-2005, 08:48 PM   #4
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Check to make sure you're doing your purl stitch correctly. If you're twisting them as you're purling, it will be difficult to knit into them on the other side. It shouldn't be so difficult that you have to work so hard at it.
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Old 11-12-2005, 10:56 PM   #5
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Hmmm, well I watched the purling video again and I don't think I'm doing the yarn correctly. I don't know what twisting means or how to tell if I'm doing it, but instead of moving the yarn up, over and under, I'm moving it under and up, if that makes sense?

I will try doing it correctly and see how that works! LOL. Maybe this is why my stitches don't really look like I thought they would!
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That makes sense. Let us know how you make out.
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Old 11-12-2005, 11:18 PM   #7
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OH! That was it. I did a couple of rows and did my purl stitches the way the video shows, and that made all the difference in the world!

Glad I caught this "OOPS" before my fingers memorized purling that way!

Thanks, everyone, for the help!
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