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Old 07-05-2007, 12:58 PM   #21
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Since there are so many good answers here, I want to ask a quick question.

I've pretty much conquered my ladder problem, as long as I start the needle with a knit stitch, so I always rearrange so that I can do that if possible. But now, I am trying a pattern that alternates several purl rounds with several knit rounds (so that it kindof rolls up, do you know what I mean? Like the beehive hat in Stitch N Bitch Nation), and I ALWAYS get longer stitches between the needles on the purl rounds. One pattern I tried had you turning your work inside out for the purl rounds, so that you could knit them, but I didn't like the hole it left when you switched directions.

No matter how tight I pull it on those first two stitches, I always get ladders on purl rounds. I need a magic trick !
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Old 07-05-2007, 01:24 PM   #22
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I am not sure why this made a difference for me, but it did...I prevented both knit and purl ladders on dpn's by knitting and/or purling into the back of the first stitch of my rounds.

I'm guessing it allows me to tighten the yarn closer to the stitch surface and close the gaps...NO clue.

Maybe someone with more sock making experience than me can explain it?????
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Old 07-07-2007, 06:56 PM   #23
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When you come to needle B, make sure that needle A is below the level of your "working" needle and knit the first stitch giving it a little tug after completing the knit. Do the same with the next stitch. At this point you should not have any gaps or ladders between needles A & B. Continue doing this as you make your rounds with each separate needle. As you get more practice the ladders will disappear.
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Old 07-07-2007, 08:09 PM   #24
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That works great for me, Sahara, as long as I'm knitting, but what can I do to tighten up the purls that cross from needle to needle. It doesn't seem to matter how tight I pull on those two, I still get a longer stitch there !
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Old 07-07-2007, 08:10 PM   #25
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Wouldn't the twisted purl stitch look different from all of the others, karrying kolor?
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Old 09-13-2007, 03:30 PM   #26
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I have a feeling I know exactly what the problem is. You aren't casting on properly. If you cast on using the continental method that problem will not occur.
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Old 09-14-2007, 08:22 AM   #27
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I have to disagree with Jennifer... I don't think casting on in Conti makes much of a difference and that's not the problem here... I can only suggest knitting the first and last couple of stitches on each needle tightly, using 1 or 2 circs, or rearranging the needles so the slightly looser stitches don't line up and look more obvious.
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Old 09-14-2007, 09:32 AM   #28
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i agree with redwitch: i cast on using the continental method and the first few goes with dpns were terrible. i had the biggest ladder! i don't think the cast-on method has much to do with it. with practice, though, i happily use dpns with not a single ladder. practice makes perfect, right?
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