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Old 05-05-2009, 07:21 PM   #1
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I want to knit dish cloths, but my knitting is too loose. I change to smaller needles and still my knitting is loose. How to I tighten up. Plus I knit (I thik they call it ) provental ?
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Old 05-05-2009, 07:29 PM   #2
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Provental? Never heard that before. It might just be me, being slow.

Do you have a specific pattern in mind? There should be something there that says what the gauge should be for that pattern. You should just knit swatches to begin with and then once you get the ideal gauge, you should knit with those needles.

And don't worry TOO much about it. It took me almost a year to get the gauge. Now you can understand how slow I am.
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Old 05-05-2009, 09:31 PM   #3
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sorry I ment the Continental knitting Method.
I hold my working yarn in my left hand and pick it up like crochet as I knit. It is easier for me and a little quicker.
I don't have a pattern in mind I just noticed while I am knitting a washcloth that is is not tight like the ones I see others post online.

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Old 05-05-2009, 09:53 PM   #4
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Getting an even tension is something that comes with practice, no matter which method you knit. If you wrap the yarn like you do in crochet though, it might be the opposite direction and you'll have to knit the next row of sts through the back loop. So you might want to check the knit st video to see if you're doing it differently. But just keep knitting, a loose washcloth is okay, it doesn't have to fit anything.
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thank you suzeeq. I will look into how i am pulling the yarn. Than might be it.
Thanks for the help.
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