Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-05-2006, 10:43 AM   #1
queen_mo
Ribbing the Cuff
 
queen_mo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 27
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via MSN to queen_mo
Stitches too tight!
I'm new and my stitches are far too tight. I haven't made anything that requires tension/gauge test, but I can tell that it's too tight, because its sometimes VERY difficult to insert the needle. I'm making sure that I insert the needle all the way to the diameter of the needle, but they are still too tight
What can I do, aside from just practicing?
__________________
Monica
queen_mo is offline   Reply With Quote

 

This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 06-05-2006, 10:47 AM   #2
Ingrid
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Ingrid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Pleasant Valley, NY
Posts: 29,583
Thanks: 21
Thanked 2,241 Times in 1,838 Posts
If you're giving your stitches a little tug after each one, don't. It's a common mistake that people make when they start out. Let the needles and yarn determine your tension--don't pull at the stitch once it's gone from one needle to the other.

Another possibility is that you're accidentally twisting your stitches. Make sure you go through the part of the loop that's on the front of the needle, closest to you. For knit go from left to right throught the front loop and for purl, from left to right.

Have you checked out the videos?
__________________
"Trust the pattern!"

Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.

Hop aboard while we follow the cloud-covered van of knitting harmony, man!! Woooo!! --Hedgehog

IngridKH on Ravelry
Ingrid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2006, 10:50 AM   #3
queen_mo
Ribbing the Cuff
 
queen_mo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 27
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via MSN to queen_mo
Yeah, I've watched the videos repeatedly, especially while I'm actually knitting, so I can follow exactly what's going on. I've even been trying to make a conscious effort to allow the yarn to pull through, but it doesn't seem to help.
Would how I hold the yarn make a difference, because I'm finding that incredibly difficult? I'm a crocheter and its hard to get away from my grip and get used to something new. How do you hold your yarn?
__________________
Monica
queen_mo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2006, 10:53 AM   #4
Ingrid
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Ingrid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Pleasant Valley, NY
Posts: 29,583
Thanks: 21
Thanked 2,241 Times in 1,838 Posts
I knit English style, with the yarn in my right hand. Crocheters often take to Continental knitting because the yarn is in the left hand.

What style have you started with?
__________________
"Trust the pattern!"

Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.

Hop aboard while we follow the cloud-covered van of knitting harmony, man!! Woooo!! --Hedgehog

IngridKH on Ravelry
Ingrid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2006, 10:59 AM   #5
queen_mo
Ribbing the Cuff
 
queen_mo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 27
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via MSN to queen_mo
The first time I tried I just followed the instructions, which were English. But this time, after I found this website, I tried the continental and it is significantly easier. But I'm still having problems.
__________________
Monica
queen_mo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2006, 11:16 AM   #6
Ingrid
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Ingrid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Pleasant Valley, NY
Posts: 29,583
Thanks: 21
Thanked 2,241 Times in 1,838 Posts
It could just be a matter of relaxing and practicing. Try to just let the yarn flow through your fingers and through the needles.
__________________
"Trust the pattern!"

Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.

Hop aboard while we follow the cloud-covered van of knitting harmony, man!! Woooo!! --Hedgehog

IngridKH on Ravelry
Ingrid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2006, 01:49 PM   #7
queen_mo
Ribbing the Cuff
 
queen_mo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 27
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via MSN to queen_mo
I know. It took a long time to master crochet and I have to remember that...but really it seems like crochet was easier for me. Maybe I just have a positively selective memory.
Thanks so much for the encouragement!
__________________
Monica
queen_mo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2006, 01:58 PM   #8
Sara
Grafting the Toe
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 4,804
Thanks: 18
Thanked 60 Times in 60 Posts
Send a message via AIM to Sara
Try casting on to two needles held together, then slip one of them out. Starting out with a looser stitch may help you get the feel of how the stitches should be.
__________________
On the needles: Tempting for Kate, cabled jacket for Emma
Sara is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2006, 02:01 PM   #9
queen_mo
Ribbing the Cuff
 
queen_mo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 27
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via MSN to queen_mo
That's brilliant! I've only cast on with this sweater so I'll take them off and start again. I'll let you know how that work for me. It'll probably make it easier to slip off the stitches as I go, too.
Thanks again.
__________________
Monica
queen_mo is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Stitches too tight? bettyspaghetti How-to Questions 5 07-13-2011 06:51 AM
Tight Stitches BelWulff How-to Questions 2 06-21-2009 07:15 PM
stitches too tight Alyce How-to Questions 5 03-22-2008 09:27 PM
Tight Stitches Viridian How-to Questions 2 03-10-2008 10:23 PM
too tight stitches agileflower How-to Questions 3 04-19-2005 04:15 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:25 PM.