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Old 11-14-2005, 11:30 PM   #1
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Weird knit stitch question
This is kinda complicated, so bear with me...
When I first learned to knit, about a month or two ago, I taught myself from a book. I read the instructions wrong and ended up knitting a weird stitch. I didn't discover my problem for about a month, and here's why... the stitch I was using looked exactly like the book said it should look. The only difference is that all my stitches sat on the needle facing the wrong direction.... they were *twisted*. So here's what I did....
Instead of putting my needle into the stitch from the left to the right, front to back, and wrapping the yarn counter-clockwise, I put my needle into the stitch from the right to the left, front to back, and wrapped my yarn clockwise. Kinda complicated, like I said.
So here's my question... if the pattern looked just like a garter stitched pattern should (and my stitches were all very lovely, actually, with the same tension throughout) then why can't I knit this way? Or, was I accidentally creating a purl stitch backwards (I've had someone tell me that's what I was doing.)
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Old 11-14-2005, 11:36 PM   #2
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It's hard for me to picture what exactly you're doing, but if you're creating a purl, you should know that garter stitch looks the same when you purl every row as it does when you knit every row. The back side of every knit is a purl and vice versa.

That said, if you like it, leave it. The only problem may come in when you want to do stockinette--knit one row, purl one row, or a pattern that changes knit/purl stitches to create a textured pattern.
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Old 11-15-2005, 12:06 AM   #3
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Thanks! :D The biggest problem is like you said, that I can't do a pattern with it, since it comes out all funkified-But I think I will stick with my wrong way if I'm doing something in a basic garter. I've been doing the correct now for a couple of weeks, and while I'm still proud of it, keeping the tension is definitely harder.
And thanks for trying to get through my explaination, since I confused the heck out of *myself* reading it!
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