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Old 06-24-2007, 02:12 AM   #11
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Yep ML or 2 circulars because the stitches form around the cable, which is smaller than the needle.
Or move a few stitches back and forth so that the join between needles is not always in the same vertical line.
And make sure the second stitch of each needle is really tight (not just the first and last)
and it might help to make the last stitch on each needle a purl, and each first stitch of the needle a knit stitch (if your pattern permits).
Knitty also has a good article about reducing ladders I think.
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Old 06-24-2007, 11:39 AM   #12
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Thanks for the advice. I think that I'm going to give the DPNs another go. I'll try moving the stiches around. Also maybe giving some support to the work by resting it on a table while I work. The problem is because of the weight of the piece pulling between needles.
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Old 06-24-2007, 10:57 PM   #13
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I think giving them another go is a good idea. It took me a while to be able to not have the ladder... Switching the first stitch is what seems to help me to most.... I love knitting on dpn now!!!! Happy Knitting!
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Old 06-25-2007, 12:02 PM   #14
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I tried them again and after moving the stitches around I have resolved the problem. I also pulled the stitch out that I was knitting into with the working needle while I knitted it. That is to say, I tried to constantly pull up the loose slack as I knitted along. It seemed to work well. However because I was concentrating so hard on the yarn, I knit an extra row. No problem it's just a hat but I can see that I am going to have to dust off my multi-tasking skills
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Old 06-25-2007, 12:17 PM   #15
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OH I have been there!!!! Done that!!!! I get so carried away with working on one part of knitting that I loose track of the BIG picture, whatever it is I'm knitting... at least it's just one row... if it were me I might have done like 5 extras... lol!!!!
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Old 06-25-2007, 12:29 PM   #16
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It's good to hear that I'm not alone :D
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Old 06-25-2007, 01:09 PM   #17
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holly,
i've been having the same problem. i hate the ladders! i'm glad to hear the switching helped; i'll have to try that. did you most a stitch each time?
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Hi brooke,
I think you are asking if I moved a stitch at a time...Is that right? I moved two stitches at a time because of my pattern but I *think* that it wouldn't matter how many you moved as long as you can do it comfortably within your pattern and keep track of where the row actually ends. I use the tail as a marker. Also, I think that pulling up the slack with the working needle helped. That way I can slowly distribute it along the row as I knit. I use the working needle to open up the stitch that I am knitting in to.
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Instead of the table, you could leave it in your lap, rather than lifting it up to be high in front of your face. Probably better for your eyes too.
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thanks, hollie. that's [i]exactly[i] what i was asking! can't wait to see your finished project!
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