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Old 01-04-2008, 11:07 PM   #11
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I knitted fairly evenly--not too tight and not too loose--when I first started knitting. When I learned to do the long tail cast on though I knitted way too tight. I've had to shift my gauge around a bit since.
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:32 AM   #12
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I knit fairly loose too, and am still a newbie, but the only place it "bothers" me is in socks. I like to knit w/wood, but you can only make sticks so thin! I have wide feet, so so far I've been ok using 0s or 1s and the socks just come out a bit bigger than the pattern states, but I want to try some of Cat Bhordi's patterns so I had to buy some metal tiny needles (00 and 000) so I can get gauge w/fingering weight and follow her nifty guidance for fit.
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I think the thing that really made gauge click for me was when I figured out how to wrap the yarn around my fingers in such a way that kept the tension fairly even.
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I think the thing that really made gauge click for me was when I figured out how to wrap the yarn around my fingers in such a way that kept the tension fairly even.
Good advice. I first started knitting with NO tension (that way I could concentrate on making the stitch, not that AND holding the yarn a certain way, and it's how I've taught my 7 year old to knit as well) which may be part of why I tend to still be loose.

Fortunately I seem to lately be fairly even, just evenly loose.
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Old 01-05-2008, 03:50 PM   #15
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I knit the same way. I knit English and I don't wrap the yarn around my fingers. I just lay it over my right index finger and let it hang. Any tension comes from it sliding between my index and 2nd finger as it feeds through. If I wrap I find my hands cramp and my tension gets so tight I fight the stitches to get my needle in.
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I don't wrap around fingers, but thread the yarn over the index, under the 2nd and over the ring finger and under the pinky which curls around it. I find that if I move the yarn closer to my knuckles the tension is tighter, and looser if it's more to the ends of my fingers.
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