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Old 11-23-2007, 10:45 PM   #1
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Hideous rib stitch...
I am doing a K1 P2 rib stitch on circular needles and it's kind of hideous...it's lumpy and weird, and one side seems much looser than the other. I am just knitting K1 P2 all around...should I be reversing when I switch rows? Am I doing something wrong with the tension? Should I be counting the join as the first K1? Help would be much, much appreciated!
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Old 11-23-2007, 11:17 PM   #2
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For knitting in the round, you'd be doing k1,p2 all around, every row, assuming you have a multiple of 3 on the needle.

Sometimes, especially with thick yarn, there is a gap between the knit and the purl. You can be conscious of this and deliberately hold your yarn tighter, or you can purl that first stitch through the back loop to make it tighter.
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Thank you very much!! Um, how do you pull the first stitch through the back loop?
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Old 11-24-2007, 12:16 AM   #4
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Each stitch has a front leg and a back leg as you come to it on the needle. Mostly you knit/purl through the front one; doing so on the back one twists the st and tightens it up a little.

Oh, are you knitting flat or in a circle - you mentioned rows, not rounds? Knitting in a circle you k1, p2 every round. Knitting flat you k2,p1 on the row going back, and for both you have to have a number divisible by 3. Anything else is going to be weird.
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Thank you very much!!! ^_^ That's really helpful. I'll try again and see if my knitting turns out a little less hideous =P
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