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Old 02-08-2006, 09:06 PM   #1
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Knit Vs. Purl question
HI. I am fairly new to the forums here, but have used the video clips to teach myself how to knit. I've been working on it for a while, and just yesterday I finally figured it out. I think. lol

I have been working on a practice piece, and I'm doing it exactly like the "knit stich" video shows to. I noticed in the video, on her finished work, the stitches were vertical ( the way most sweaters look). My finished work looks more like her finished work in the purl stitch video, but I know for a fact that I"m doing it exactly like the video shows, and had my husband watch me, and the video, to make sure! LOL Is it possible that she is doing the opposite stitch in the videos? If not, what could I be doing wrong? Thanks

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Old 02-08-2006, 09:18 PM   #2
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if you do work that is all knit on both sides (and purl on both sides for that matter) you are going to see the "bumps" only. This is called garter stitch.

The piece she has in the knit video is done a row of knit and a row of purl alternating...this is Stockinette stitch.

before you do a project in all stockinette stitch (Like a scarf) check out the sticky thread at the top of this page to get some tips to keep it from curling.

congratulations on getting yourself into a VERY addictive habit...you will find plenty of enablers here!
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Old 02-08-2006, 09:43 PM   #3
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So, to get the look that is in the video, I would work all the stitches in knit, then turn, work all stitches in purl, right? Thank you so much for responding so quickly.

I have a little story behind all this.....

I know how to crochet, and have made a TON of things in crochet. But, my MIL knew how to knit, and made slippers for the whole family. She passed away in 12/2001, and about a year later, my FIL was going thru some things, and found a box and a grocery bag of yarn that was hers. He knew it would get some good use by giving it to me. When I went thru it to see what all was in there, I found her hand written pattern for the slippers she made everybody, along with her needles. That inspired me to teach myself to knit, so I could make these slippers for her family. I had watched all the videos I could find on the net, printed off all the tutorial pictures I could find, and gave it a shot. But all I ever did was get frustrated, and finally throw it down, thinking I would never get it.
Well, this past Monday, I was cleaning my desk out and found her pattern again, and thought, "Hey, I'll give it another shot". Printed off new pictures, and off I went. I sat down, grabbed my supplies, and I just started doing it! I felt like she was right there with me showing me how to do it. The crazy thing is, being a crocheter, I kept trying to teach myself the continental method. She always "threw" her yarn over. And that is how I'm doing it now too! After working on it Monday, I realized the pattern she wrote didn't give detail as to how to sewed them together. And Tuesday morning, I found just ONE of the slippers that she had made for me! It was like she was there the whole time, and when I had another question, she was there to point me where I needed to go to find my answer!
Needless to say, this whole thing this week has given me MAJOR chills! :o)

Ok, sorry to ramble, but I just had to share my story.

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Old 02-08-2006, 09:58 PM   #4
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That's a great story and those are the moments in life that are great because we know that we will never be alone!


as far as making sure you get the Vs (which is what you are seeing in the knit video) you are right...you knit one row, purl one row, repeat. i hope you will share the finished product with us!!
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Old 02-09-2006, 10:46 AM   #5
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What a touching story!! Thanks for sharing it!

Can't wait to see your finished item!
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I also enjoyed that story.
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