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Old 05-09-2006, 12:50 AM   #1
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Consistent knitting/purling tension
Please help me. I have been knitting for many years, but as I get older I am finding that my knitting is very irregular, not consistent tension. Can someone please help me? I would be very grateful as this is really a huge problem as I can no longer use the straight stockinette stitch, and try to knit with a textured yarn to hide my uneven stiches. Please reply. Thank you very much. Hertha
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Old 05-09-2006, 07:41 AM   #2
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What method do you use to knit? Do you wrap your yarn around your hand to provide more even tension? :thinking:
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Old 05-09-2006, 08:23 AM   #3
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With stockinette stitch, I usually give each stitch a little tug when purling. I don't tug on the knit rows - only on the purl rows. The purl stitches are usually more loose and this helps to even up my stitches. BTW, I knit English style and hold the yarn gently across my palm and through my ring and pinkie fingers for tension.
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Old 05-11-2006, 10:07 AM   #4
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YOu might try needles made of bamboo, they're not at all slippery. I have 1 pair of acrylic nasty plastic needles. I knit unevenly with them, and they make my hands go numb cause I can't hold them with ease. Maybe this would help you.
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Old 05-11-2006, 11:26 AM   #5
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Here is a knitting tension exercise I found the other day:

I haven't been using it as a daily exercise per se, but I am trying to keep the principles in mind as I knit (esp. #3), and I think it's actually helping my stitch consistency. Check it out!
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Old 05-11-2006, 12:54 PM   #6
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Depending on the yarn, I have this problem too...I usually wrap the yarn one extra time around my pinky finger when I'm purling, and that helps a lot.

Also, I've heard of people using interchangeable needles to help this problem -- you put two different sized needle points on the cable, so for example you'd be knitting on the US5 end but purling on the US4. Neat trick.
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Old 05-12-2006, 03:52 PM   #7
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The thing that has helped me the most is switching to combined knitting. Doing the purling in that method makes the stitches so even.

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