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Old 10-30-2008, 07:43 PM   #1
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New to continental, knit too tight
I learned how to knit (throwing) as a child but never really liked it. So, based on the advice of a friend, I learned how to knit continental off this site in the last month. I am working on my third project and still unhappy with my tension...I can't seem to get it right! My purl is OK, but my knit is waaay too tight. I end up with ridges in my stockinette and the stitches don't move up on my needles very well. I have tried moving my stitches farther down on the right needle before starting the next knit stitch, but I can't seem to do it consistently. Will this take just a matter of time to work out, or is there a quick fix? I am going back to videos again to see if I can see what I am doing wrong.

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Old 10-30-2008, 10:07 PM   #2
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I think most tight knitters seem to be continental, so I think it's part of the technique. However, the more you practice and try holding your yarn different ways, you may loosen up, or become more equal with your purl tension.
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Old 10-30-2008, 11:03 PM   #3
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I'm also a Continental knitter and have trouble with tight knitting sometimes. What I've had to do is FORCIBLY knit looser, even if it takes knitting at half the speed to do so. I figure consistant results are better than fast results.

That being said, I found that my tight knitting looks MUCH better when I use metal needles. The stitches slide very easily, so there's not as much pulling at the work.
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Funny, cause my continental knitting is always tighter than when I knit English.

I have heard that you can knit with 2 different size needles to loosen up your stitch. Knit with the larger needle and purl with the needle that gives you gauge.

I've never tried it because my issue is always knitting too loosely.
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If you used to knit English and now knit continental, pay atention to which way you are wrapping hte yarn when creating a knit stitch. If you are goingthe wrong way (i cant remember which way thatis right now) then it can twist and tighten the stitch.
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I know that I am not twisting my stitches (I double-checked), just knitting too tight. <<Sigh>> I will just try to find out how to best loosen up on the knit. In the meantime, I may need to rip the project I am working on because the stockinette looks so crappy. Perhaps I am doomed to knit garter stitch the rest of my life?
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Old 10-31-2008, 12:12 PM   #7
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Found some help
Found this interesting article on my problem at the Twist Collective (online mag).

http://www.twistcollective.com/colle...in-cleveland-2


I am going to go read it again.
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Old 10-31-2008, 12:22 PM   #8
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I knit Continental and I tend to knit loosely. I think a lot of Continental knitters tend to knit loosely, but I know it can go either way. Don't hold the tension too tightly in the left hand, however you are holding the yarn out so that you can grab it with the needle. You could also pull each loop up just a little more when you get it on the right needle.
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You could try knitting with a larger needle on the knit row, and the regular one on the purl row.
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Here is a cool article from Knitty with the specifics about how people knit too tight. It helped me, a continental knitter, significantly when I was just starting out.

http://knitty.com/issuespring05/FEATloosenup.html
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