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Old 09-18-2008, 11:07 PM   #1
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DPN Gap blues
No matter how tight I pull my darn stitches I can't get rid of these gaps...What am I doing wrong? I pulled so tight on most of these that it was actually a chore getting into the stitches on the next go round.

The gaps look really bad..really bad...I pulled really really tight but it still ends up stretching out...

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Old 09-18-2008, 11:09 PM   #2
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Those are called ladders and they are very common. I found that if I kind of held the needles together after each needle it helps keep them tight. It is hard at first though so don't be discouraged.
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Old 09-18-2008, 11:21 PM   #3
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Sometimes the tighter you knit the first st on the needle, the more it gaps. Some say to pull the 2nd st tighter, and I've wondered about doing it to the last st, but I don't use dpns enough to try it out.
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Old 09-18-2008, 11:29 PM   #4
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This is going to sound counter intuitive but it worked for me doing cables.

When you insert the right needle into the stitch, before the gap do not stretch it, after the gap stretch it as far as it will go for about 3 stitches and then slowly stretch the stitch less and less until you get to the end of that DPN where you're not stretching at all.

The reason tightening the stitch you are making doesn't work is because the problem is on the rows below that stitch. Since the problem remains below, the flexing of the gap allows the stitch you did tight to pull loose at that point.

Do that in addition to what Jan said and it should help greatly.

You can poke, push and pull around on those that are already ladders and make them look better.
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Old 09-19-2008, 06:29 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Mike View Post
When you insert the right needle into the stitch, before the gap do not stretch it, after the gap stretch it as far as it will go for about 3 stitches and then slowly stretch the stitch less and less until you get to the end of that DPN where you're not stretching at all.
I don't get what you mean, what do I stretch and not stretch?
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What Sue said.
Knit the first stitch on the new needle as usual. Don't try to pull it tight.
Then, when you insert the needle to do the second stitch, give it a gentle tug. That tightens up the first stitch and helps bridge the gap.

Washing and blocking the FO also does a lot to make things look more even.
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Mike meant stretch (gently) the sts that are on the left needle, the ones you made the round before.
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well I will certainly try that...if nothing else I am only making them for myself..

strike that...I wore my single sock to work today and two people have asked me if I will make them a pair...guess they don't look too bad lol
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
Mike meant stretch (gently) the sts that are on the left needle, the ones you made the round before.
well, i dont see how that will help...but at the same time I don't see how half the stuff I knit is going to come together until I actually do it.

So I will try all of these suggestions...and we'll see what happens
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If you stretch the first on the needle from the previous row, it would help take up the looseness from that gap. And so on. But really, most uneven sts are taken care of by washing when you get finished, so after a couple wearings and washings it won't be as noticeable to you as it is now.
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