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Old 11-28-2005, 07:59 PM   #1
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Knitting on circular needles keeps coming out as purls!
I am knitting the same stupid hat (over and over again) but no matter what I do, I keep ending up with purls instead of knit stitches...what am I doing wrong? Is it possible to hold the needles wrong?? Is the needle with the yarn coming off it in my left hand and knit onto the right needle or the other way around? I am sooooooo frustrated and I wanted to get this hat/skirt/disaster done for Christmas! Sally
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Old 11-28-2005, 08:02 PM   #2
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Well, in circular knitting you don't use purl stitches. So if you're alternating purl and knit like in flat knitting, that could be a reason for your problem. In circular knitting to get plain stockinette you just knit, never purl. Or your work could just be inside out, in which case you needn't worry overly much, I can't think of a project where you couldn't just turn it right-side out when it's done.
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Old 11-28-2005, 08:04 PM   #3
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You want to start out with your working yarn coming off the first stitch on your RIGHT needle. This is what makes the 'join'. Also, it IS possible to do it somewhat backwards. You want to start with your two needles closest to you with the rest of the 'loop' of stitches away from you. Does that make sense?? Have you looked at Amy's videos on circular knitting?? It helps to get a visual of the proper way to do it, if you are unfamiliar. Good luck.
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Old 11-28-2005, 08:07 PM   #4
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Could you send me the link for the video on circular needles? I think I need it! I can't get the two sides to join, either, even tho I keep knitting and knitting. Also, I am doing all knit stitches, but the knit is on the inside, not the outside!
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Old 11-28-2005, 08:14 PM   #5
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If your hat is on circulars then knitting will produce stockinette. If you want it to look like knitting then I think you have to alternate knit and purl. Is that right?
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Old 11-28-2005, 08:15 PM   #6
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http://knittinghelp.com/knitting/advanced_techniques/

Here's the link for knitting with circular needles. If you're knitting and are getting purls on the outside, then you're knitting on the INSIDE of your tube, as Aidan suggested. You could turn it inside out when you're done, or if you want to have the knits on the outside, hold the needles closest to you as knitqueen said.
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Old 11-28-2005, 08:54 PM   #7
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Is the stockinette side the side with V's or the side with the bumps? ( I just ripped it all out again!) The directions say to put the stockinette side of the earflaps on needles so the stockinette faces me.
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Yes--in stockinette the v's are considered the front.
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Old 11-28-2005, 09:08 PM   #9
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I think my mistake must be right at the beginning of moving the earflaps to needles and from there to the circulars. Whatever it is that I am doing, the earflaps and the stitch is opposite...I have the stockinette of the earflap pointing outside the circulars and inside the hoop of the circulars is purl stitch, but when I knit, I keep getting purl outside and knit inside the hoop so the earflaps don't match what I am doing, if that makes sense. So now I have ripped it all out except the earflaps and am about to knit them on straight needles first and do cable castons, then onto the circulars for the 80millionth time! I watched the video, but it doesn't look any different than what I am doing. So it says to move the earflaps with stockinette facing me. How can I mess that up????
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Old 11-28-2005, 09:41 PM   #10
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Once I actually knit the earflap (which started out on dpn with stockinette facing me) onto the straight needle, the stockinette is no longer facing me....is that right???? Or is this where I am messing up?
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